Each year, Fruitport varsity tennis coach Brad Busscher hopes his guys can elevate their game in time for their annual matchup against rival Spring Lake.
The numbers favor the Lakers, however, and Spring Lake once again dominated the matchup, winning 8-0 on Monday at Spring Lake High School.
Whereas Busscher considers himself fortunate to have enough players to fill out a varsity lineup, the Lakers have their 12 varsity players, with another 34 JV kids waiting in the wings.
“Two-thirds of my team is brand new,” Busscher said following Monday’s match. “It’s a challenge when you face a state-ranked team like this. We’re hopeful we could raise our tennis games a little bit by playing up.
“But we don’t have 12, 14, 16 guys over at Norton Pines playing tennis day-in and day-out.”
That’s exactly what Spring Lake has, making first-year coach Cathy Layson’s job an enjoyable one.
“We have a pretty tough team, top to bottom,” Layson said. “We’re really strong in singles this year, the strongest we’ve been in a long time.
“We just have a huge tennis interest. We have over 50 kids in the program.”
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