VARSITY BOYS’ TENNIS FINISHES STRONG 2017 SEASON

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VARSITY BOYS’ TENNIS FINISHES STRONG 2017 SEASON

Joe Barber serves for the set during an early season home match.

Joe Barber serves for the set during an early season home match.

Joe Barber serves for the set during an early season home match.

Joe Barber serves for the set during an early season home match.

Taelor Varner, Editor

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After earning 2nd place in the MAC Gold division, and scoring 4 points at the Regional tournament, the Boys Varsity Tennis 2017 season has come to an end. Their final record  was 7-3-1 which was an improvement from last season. The team also doubled their point compilation at this years Regional compared to only scoring 2 in the 2016 season finale.

Captains Joseph Barber ’18 and Michael Barber ’19, who also fill the #1 and #2 singles slots, are proud of the teams’ achievements this season. “If you work hard, good things can happen. We started our season with a 2-week camp in July. We practiced every day, except for match days and because we worked so hard we accomplished big things,” Joe Barber said.

The Barber brothers notched up big victories for the Titans this season with Joe winning the first tournament of the season. Joe was named MVP.  Michael was 12-10 winning key matches for the team also earning the Scholar Athlete Award.

Some other players stepped up as well. Lucas Parker ’18 played #3 singles and had the best match record at 16-5. He also won the Gold division for that spot.

Tim Pomaville and John Pachla held the #1 doubles spot and won the Gold Conference as well.

Matt Lowe played #4 Doubles and was awarded the high honor of the Sportsmanship Award from the coaches for the second straight season.

Both Barbers, Pomaville, Pachla and Parker all earned 1st Team All Conference as well.

One of the biggest matches of the year was against  rivalry school Marine City. At the time both teams were undefeated. ““Whoever wins this match, wins the division because we are both undefeated teams,” Barber said before the key match-up.

Unfortunately, the team fell short and did not beat Marine City. The final score was 7-1. It was an intense match with individual games going the distance in set tie-breakers.

Coach George Cutshaw has been leading the team for 20 years. When thinking about that loss he commented, “Win with humility, lose with dignity.”

The team will be losing eight seniors  Jonathan Pachla, a 2-year veteran of the team wrapped up his thoughts on tennis by saying,  “Work hard, play hard.”

Some team members plan to continue to work on their games throughout the winter through league play and lessons at indoor courts.

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