Weber State University’s tennis team has attracted talent from not only around the country, but around the world. Among them is Oliver Good, a sophomore from Melbourne, Australia.
Good has been a standout player during his short time at WSU, playing well in singles and excelling in doubles play.
Good isn’t the only player from another country. He is joined by sophomore Caio Poitena from Santos, Brazil; sophomore Peter Ramstromer Pello from Bastad, Sweden, and senior Simon Unger from Moenchengladbach, Germany.
In the past season, Good teamed up with Unger for doubles. They have both been successful in several single matches and have done equally well in double matches together.
Earlier this season, the duo nearly won a finals match. They took on a team from Utah State University at the WSU Fall Open, in which they fell in the finals.
A month later in the season, the duo teamed up in the Utah Intercollegiate Tournament and went on to win it all. They had four matches in two days to win the championship at the Eccles Tennis Center back in October. In the championship match, Unger and Good knocked off the No. 1-seeded team in the tournament.
Following the win by Good and Unger, WSU head coach Jared Burnham said he was pleased with the performance by the two.
“I’m really proud of the way Simon and Oliver played,” Burnham said. “They played some really good teams to get through this draw, and they were up to the task each time they took the court. We’ve been so close in this tournament before in doubles, having made the finals on multiple occasions, and not won, so it was pretty cool to see us get this one today.”
Later in the season, Good saw more success in doubles and singles, with Unger and Good placing in the quarterfinals and Good getting double wins in the consolation singles final.
Good has been the No. 6 seed in singles in the past, but this year has seen him rise to the No. 2 seed on the team. Burnham said hard work and dedication have been key factors in his play.
“Oliver is a really hard worker,” Burnham said. “He is very talented, fast, works hard every day and never complains. He has done extremely well on the tennis team and has been a great competitor.”
While gaining experience and a reputation on the court is important, gaining an education is also important to Good. He said he plans to major in athletic therapy.
“I came to Weber because the tennis was good,” Good said. “I like Weber a lot, except for the cold weather.”
Good said he loves being a part of the tennis team and enjoys the friendship with his team and coaches.
“The tennis team has a lot of great people on it, and a great coach,” Good said.
In his free time, Good said, he enjoys playing golf and going to the beach. Because of the distance, he returns to Australia for summer and winter break.
The tennis team will be back in action on Jan. 21 in Salt Lake City, taking on the University of Utah at 6 p.m.