Last week, the boys’ tennis season ended with the record of 3-11, and the team finished in last place at the CVC tournament. While this year was a failure for the team, we have hope for next year. Next season the top three players, Nolan Marks, Stephen Wonnell and I, will be seniors, which will give us an advantage over teams filled with underclassmen. We are also gaining two very skilled freshmen next year that will make the team lineup much denser. Also our coach, Dale Isrealson, filled this year’s schedule with very tough and unnecessary matches like Lexington and Solon. Next year, however, the coach said he will fill up our schedule with challenging but winnable matches. Ryan Bush said, “I think the team will be able to have a winning record next year with the two new players coming up next year.”
The tennis team has already played eight matches since the end of spring break with a record of 1-7, winning our only match against Aurora. While the team has a losing record, we are still hopeful for the future. In each match the team has slowly been improving. Ryan Bush said, “I think once we find our footing, the team will be close to unstoppable.”
This year’s schedule for the boys’ tennis team is going to be very challenging and the lineup is somewhat undecided. The only spot on the team that is certain is first singles which will be played by Nolan Marks. The 2nd and 3rd singles are undecided along with 1st and 2nd doubles. A few of the key players are returning while the bulk of last year’s team has gone off to college.
As winter starts to wind down into spring and the weather starts to take a turn for the better, the Kenston Boy’s Tennis team will start to get ready for their upcoming season. In less then a month the team will begin to prepare for the season and will try to build off the success of their last two years. This year, many new players are planning to tryout and several key players are returning to play again. The whole team, including Coach Dale Isrealson, is excited for the new season and is expecting great results. Stephen Wonnell, a second year varsity player, said, “I’m so excited because I think the team will be positively excellent this year.”