Last year, as a sophomore, Colin Bahin along with Aaron Koerner took home a second place finish at the State Tournament.
"I was pretty proud. I put in so much work in the off-season last year, it's such a change of pace from playing basketball to dropping it and focusing on tennis through the winter, so it was nice to see that hard work paying off," says the now junior Bahin.
With Koerner graduated, Bahin is now competing in singles, and has only lost to two players this entire season. He's been successful because of his commitment to the game.
"Colin definitely has his head in the game all the time, and he will come to practice every day looking to get better, he always goes 100%," says Big Sky junior Alexis Madzelonka.
"More than anything what makes Colin a good tennis player is his work ethic. He works hard all year long, he's playing intermountain tournaments over the summer, so he's traveling around the region, playing top players," says Big Sky head coach Gordon Terpe.
Colin admits the transition from doubles to singles was a little more physically demanding.
"So I got a physical trainer that I went to once a week during the off-season, and I had a coach I worked with once a week as well, so a lot of physical preparation, with mental preparation playing in tournaments in and out of state," says Bahin.
Watching him on the court, part of what makes him so good is his match intensity, which he's careful to not let get the best of him.
"He's pretty good about compartmentalizing things. When he's out there, and something didn't go well, it happens, he lets it out, and then he lets it go," says Terpe.
"It's really easy to get frustrated, but you have to let it go. You have to focus on the good points, and whatever bad points you have you need to forget like it didn't even happen, and really set yourself to the next point whenever you get a win or an ace or something like that," adds Bahin.