October 26, 2013

MAJORS WELCOME BACK ALUMNI, FRIENDS

JACKSON- The Millsaps' tennis program welcomed back alumni and friends of the program for a morning of tennis at the Coach Montgomery Courts on Saturday. 

Among those playing was Paige Carpenter-Pratt a 1989 graduate of Millsaps and member of the Millsaps' hall of fame. She is now proud parent of Millsaps tennis player Lauren Pratt. (Both seen in the photo to the right)

"It was a lot of fun coming back here to play," Pratt said. "This was one of the first times that I got to play with Lauren."

Paige, who was an All-American and reached NCAA quarterfinals, remembers her time at Millsaps fondly and playing for Coach Montgomery. 

"I remember loading up coach Monty's station wagon," Pratt said. "He always tried to pretend that he couldn't hear us." 

While the team has graduated from that station wagon, Pratt says that other than the tennis courts moving, not much has changed. 

"The courts used to be where the parking lot is now," Pratt says. "But the campus is as beautiful as ever and tennis at this level is just a great atmosphere and opportunity."

Lauren says that her parents didn't influence her on coming to Millsaps. It was her visits to the campus last year that made her a Major.  

"I knew that I was going to get a great education and make a ton of memories," Lauren Pratt said. "The only thing my mom and dad preached to me was time managment."

The Pratts taking on Callie Creekmore and her mom, Warner, in one of the several matches that took place Saturday morning. 

"It was cool playing with my mom," Lauren said. "It was something we really didn't do while I was in high school." 

The event gave the opportunies for parents to play with their kids as well as alumni and local friends get in a great morning of tennis. 

Among those playing were baseball coach Jim Page and his wife Cindy as well as Dr. Keith Dunn, dean of the College. 

"We couldn't have asked for a better day," senior Misa Pjevac said. "We got in some good tennis that everyone is enjoying, last year it was windy and cold." 

Photos from the event can be viewed here.