Tennis star impresses in the US league

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Moorosi Tsiane

UNITED States-based tennis star, Lebelo Mosehle, says he has settled in well in that country’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 league after joining in September last year.

He said he has so far won two matches and lost one since the start of the second round of their season last weekend.

The 22-year old 2015 All Africa Games bronze medalist said the level of competition was now much tougher although he was coping.

“We recently started the season and I am now in a Division 1 which is tougher than the lower league where I was for the past two years,” Mosehle said.

“Since the resumption of the league, I lost a match against Southern Mississippi University and I won against Eastern Tennessee University and University of Charlotte this past weekend.”

“I joined a team that won their conference (region) last season and naturally all eyes are on us and there are high expectations.

Mosehle is in his first year at the Florida Agriculture and Mechanical (A&M) University where he is expected to be around for two more years.

Mosehle left the country three years ago to join Seward College in the US and helped them to a top four finish for two consecutive seasons in their region.

He was a crucial member of the Seward team that won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region VI Conference last year to qualify for the national finals.

He said there had been a huge improvement in his game ever since his move to the higher division and he expressed confidence that big things awaited him as long as he continued to work hard.

“The league resumed three weeks ago and I have been playing very well. I must say that I am impressed by my performance. Of course there is still lots of room for improvement but I am confident that I will be among the best by the time the season ends.

Mosehle was scheduled to take to the field yesterday against Florida State University and against Florida Gulf Coast University at South Florida on Monday.

“These are tough matches and I pray that I don’t get injured until the season ends as the target is to help my team qualify for the nationals,” Mosehle said.

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