Wawasee Tennis

Wawasee Boys Kick Off 2018-19 Season

Week one of the 2018-19 season for Wawasee tennis showcased many new faces for the boys’ tennis team.  Out of a roster of thirteen, seven players are freshmen or first-year players, and the Warriors debuted Shane Staley as the new head varsity coach.  The boys team looks to be a team in its first year of a rebuild after losing most of their varsity to graduation in an already disappointing 2017-18 season in which they went 4-12 (1-6 in the conference).

Staley is no stranger to rebuilding, having spent his past 4 seasons as head coach to the Lady Warriors’ tennis team.  In the 2014-15 season, he took over a perennial last-place team with few wins in or out of conference and has since led the team to a steady progression of both conference and out-of-conference wins.

As for expectations, Staley only focused on one.  “My expectations are for everyone involved with the team to realize I’m here to win, to better the program.  I’m not a coach who’s complacent with losing, but understand, from taking over the girl’s team, that building a team can be a slow process if done right, especially if built with a foundation to be competitive year after year.”

As expectations are extremely high for the 2018-19 girls’ tennis season which will see the return of many of its key players and talk of making its first real sectional run in about two decades, the boys’ team, on the other hand, is poised to gain much-needed experience, as all of the newcomers to the team are also relatively new to the sport.

“When I took over the girls’ team in 2014, the former AD and I sat down and discussed where the program was at and the reality that it would be about a four-to-five-year rebuild to get the team back to being competitive overall.  This (boys’) team will be something similar and this is year one.”

Opening Day (Manchester, August 13, 2018)

The Warriors opened up at home facing a veteran Manchester team with 5 out of its 7 varsity players being seniors.  Meanwhile, Wawasee was left short-handed with 5 on the roster ineligible to play due to minimal practices not met, including key varsity players junior Colin Rhoades and freshman Grant Brooks.

The Warriors were swept 0-5 and also dropped the only two courts on the JV side.

Lakeland (August 15, 2018)

Wawasee benefited from a forfeited #2 doubles court from Lakeland to pull out a 3-2 victory on Wednesday.  Senior Jacob Krugman and junior Zach Leedy teamed up at the #1 doubles position to sweep Lakeland 6-0, 6-0 for the first victory.  #3 singles Clayton Firestone also won in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 to secure the win.

Conference Opener (Plymouth, August 16, 2018)

The Warrior’s new players were greeted to conference play at Plymouth on Thursday.  The varsity squad dropped all 5 courts and JV pulled off a lone court courtesy of #2 doubles Blaine Baut and Devon Kuhn who won 8-6 as the only victory in a 1-5 defeat.

Wawasee returns to action at home on Tuesday (August 21, 2018) against Central Noble.

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