After coming in 10th at last year’s Division 3 state meet, the Spring Lake tennis team is looking for a top five finish this season.
“That’s our goal,” senior Josh Cole said, “We’ve got the we pieces need this year. Finishing 10th isn’t bad at all, but we want to keep going — we want something better. We can smell it, we want a taste.”
Spring Lake will head to Kalamazoo College for the competition on Friday and Saturday, hopeful to come back full.
The Lakers, who are currently ranked sixth in the state, already have a good start. Six of their eight flights are seeded, giving them a less difficult path in the early part of the tournament.
If every player wins their first match the Lakers would already have 15 points. They had six to obtain their 10th place finish last year.
Teams favored to compete for a state title include Division 3 staples Detroit Country Day, St. Joseph, East Grand Rapids and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood.
While skill on the court is the main factor for the Laker’ success, coach Cathy Layson and her players will tell you that their chemistry is unique in a team sport that often trumpets individual success.
“We have a lot of talent, (but) we have a lot of support (from each other) — it’s a true team,” Layson said. “They really care about each other, and how each other does."
Note: Fedewa is the fifth seed at No. 1 singles; Velarde is the sixth seed at No. 2; and Trevor Zenas is the fifth seed at No. 3 singles. In doubles, Harrison Palmer and Mitch Davis are seeded sixth at No. 1; Cole and Brenden Peel are seeded sixth at No. 2; and Craig Pratt and Griffin Wagasky are the sixth seed at third doubles.
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