A veteran group of five student-athletes will look to continue fostering a family environment and lead the Millsaps men’s and women’s tennis programs during the 2023 season. Seniors Camille Fremaux, Hamilton Jackson, Kells Hecht and Trevor Vaccaro along with graduate John Kimball will provide guidance for two teams on the rise.
Head coach Agnes Gee, a four-time All-American at Ole Miss and a fixture with the local Jackson tennis community at the River Hills Club, enters her second season with the Majors. She was impressed with how close-knit her teams were, which immediately stood out upon meeting them.
The women’s program claimed the regular season and postseason conference titles two seasons ago in Spring 2021. Jackson notes that the team’s success and the 2023 programs’ is team chemistry.
“Tennis is such an individual sport that if you are not close as a team you can easily just focus on yourself as well as your own results and not care about the team,” Jackson said. “I think team chemistry is why we have had so much success in the past, we care about each other and we want to win.”
Having teammates that care and motivate is one of Kimball’s favorite aspects of Millsaps tennis. Kimball, a two-time member of the All-Conference Team plays on Court 1 and returned to continue competing in his fifth year at the college.
“My teammates motivate me every day to bring my all,” Kimball said. “Having a group of guys who will always support me and have my back means the world to me.”
Fremaux, another two-time All-Conference performer, details one advantage the programs have over others when challenging matches arise and opponents challenge the Majors.
“Our team has always been known for having high morale,” Fremaux said. “We enjoy spending time together on and off the court and I think that gives us a great advantage over other teams in our conference (the Southern Athletic Association).”
High morale and vocal cheering were on full display during the women’s 2021 title runs, which resulted in the program’s first NCAA Division III Regional Tournament appearance. Additionally, the support from the sideline powered Jackson to an epic five-set, three-hour victory over his opponent in a 5-4 triumph hosting Center College as a sophomore.
Several activities outside of practice and matches that were detailed in bringing the team closer together include team meals, watching football games, going on runs together, playing pickleball and on-campus Greek life.
Fremaux looks to give her teammates confidence boosts as a leader when she isn’t excelling herself on the court.
“We have a younger team on the women’s side, with some having never played a conference match before,” Fremaux said. “I want them to know they deserve to be on the court 100 percent and are capable of winning any match.”
The teams are also excited to perform well on the renovated Coach Montgomery Courts, which features new windshields with the school’s M-Sword logo and flashy updated purple and gray courts. The courts match the Millsaps colors and positively impact recruiting, the team notes.
Other teams should enjoy playing at the renovated site on campus and it has given the Majors an added confidence boost as well. It along with other recent additions and updates to athletics facilities on campus shows the Millsaps community is strong in its support.
“What I love about Millsaps is the community,” said Hecht. “I see alumni return for fraternity, sporting and other on-campus events. The support of the Millsaps community makes the school special.”
All five student-athletes have stated that they will continue their education at the graduate level, with Kimball pursuing law school. Each has also expressed an interest in continuing to support the programs after their collegiate playing days conclude.
The Majors are scheduled to compete in nine matches, beginning on March 4 ahead of the conference tournament. Millsaps can be seen supporting each other to succeed in a pair of home matches this season on April 22 and 23.