Arkansas tries to clinch a spot in NCAA Championships by finishing in the top five in Austin, Texas, and it gives us a chance to rewind to a critical moment earlier this spring. Tyson Reeder approached Head Coach Brad McMakin about a players-only meeting.
“I feel like ever since then I feel it was like, hey guys, we need to figure something
out here,” Reeder said.
They did in a big way, claiming their first SEC Title since 1995 a few weeks ago.
“Me being an upperclassman, a junior, a leader, an upperclassman, I wanted the guys to challenge everybody and myself. Let’s do everything we can do, work hard, whether it’s
getting in the gym, attitude has to be right,” Reeder adds.
Freshman Julian Perico received the message loud and clear. Perico looks back on that meeting and how shaped his success. Perico won all three of his match play contests in St. Simons Island, Georgia.
“We decided what to do, and on my side a big factor for me was getting good grades…it
provided less stress, and little things make so much of a difference,” Perico notes.
Arkansas had several issues in early March. A last place finish in Cabo and a 14th place finish out of 15 teams in Palm City, Florida.
“I don’t think we had two or three people finish inside the top 30
for two or three tournaments,” Wiliam Buhl notes.
Summing up the significance of that meeting?
“I think ever since that meeting, the tide has turned, and
we’re ready to make a run at regionals and the national championship,” Reeder said.
Round Three of NCAA Regionals in Austin takes place Wednesday with Arkansas starting the day in fifth.