Patel and Dollison bring it to the court everyday
Patel, the son of Victor and Latta Patel, and Dollison, the son of Eric and Twana Dollison, have come up big for O’Fallon when it has mattered most. Earlier in the season the duo, who currently play as the number three pairing for O’Fallon, won a crucial match against Belleville West to help their team earn a conference win.
Not only did Patel (Sr.) and Dollison (So.) win their doubles match against West but, they also each individually won their singles matches as well. Patel and Dollison’s were critical in the Panther’s 5-4 win.
Head varsity tennis coach, Erin Thoman, credits Patel and Dollison’s great play to their hard work and synergy on the court.
“Prem and Quincy play very well together and bring a lot of energy to the court,” said Thoman. “They communicate with each other and always give one-hundred and ten percent. They have stepped up their play, never give up, and they always treat every point with the same intensity.”
Over the weekend, the pairing finished in fourth place at the Hill Tennis Tournament in Bloomington, Illinois.
For Dollison, who is currently in his first year a member of the varsity squad, Patel has been instrumental in helping him quickly adapt to the higher level of play.
“Prem has helped me be better at now showing my emotions too much,” said Dollison. “He really helps me stay calm throughout tough matches.”
Both Dollison and Patel agree that their team is playing on another level this spring.
“We are more focused than we have been in years past and our record shows it,” said Patel. “We are trying to stay focused on each individual shot. I think if we can do that we will have a very good showing at the upcoming conference tournament.”
Next Fall Patel will attend Indiana University. Dollison, a sophomore, plans to continue playing for the Panthers next spring.