Coming off a fifth-place finish at the Division 3 state meet last fall, the Spring Lake boys tennis team is tempering its expectations this fall.
That’s because the Lakers graduated their two “big guns” from a year ago, Ryan Fedewa and Stuart Velarde, both four-year varsity performers who played 1 and 2 singles.
“Our goal is to get to state,” said coach Cathy Layson. “We’re in a super tough regional again. If we can get out of that regional, it will be a huge success. Any points we score at state will be icing on the cake.”
The Lakers feature just four seniors, and only two of those were varsity performers last year. Mitch Davis takes over at No. 1 singles after playing first doubles a year ago, while Blake Henning is back at No. 2 doubles.
The only other seniors on the squad are Mike Tomaszczyk, who will join Henning at No. 2 doubles, and Greg Campbell, who will occupy the No. 4 singles spot for Spring Lake.
GRAND HAVEN BUCCANEERS
Grand Haven features a young squad with just two seniors, but coach Jeremy Case sees a lot of potential in his team this fall, especially among four freshmen who earned starting spots.
Varun Biddanda will occupy the No. 1 singles spot, while Evan Miller will play first doubles.
After that, it’s all underclassmen for the Bucs.
“We lost a lot of guys from last year,” Case said. “We have 5-6 guys back, but only a few returning full time, so we have seven new guys. We have four freshmen in the mix, and these freshmen have a lot of potential. They’re very knowledgeable about the game, and they’re developing their strokes, getting stronger, learning more about what they need to do at the high school level.
The Trojans return six players from last year’s squad. All six of those returners are underclassmen, as coach Brad Busscher’s lineup features just one senior.
That lone senior, Matt Paquin, will join Ethan Miller at No. 1 doubles.
Junior Corbin Kelly returns to play No. 1 singles for the Trojans, while River Baird, another returning junior, will play second singles.
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