Spring sports previews 2014: girls tennis

Spring Lake looks to repeat in Lakes 8
Nich Wolak
Apr 13, 2014

The Spring Lake girls tennis team lost half of its starting lineup from last season, but coach Cathy Layson thinks this year’s version still has a good shot of repeating as Lakes Eight Conference champions.

“Obviously we would love to win the conference, … of course you want to repeat as conference champs,” Layson said. “That might be a little bit lofty this year, but it’s not unreachable, and it’s definitely something the girls want to do. I think anything else is just icing on the cake.”

Spring Lake will certainly have some sweetness at the top of their order — unless you’re the opposition, that is.

GH hopes to continuously formulate, address goals

Grand Haven girls tennis coach Jeremy Case returns to his old position this season, after a three year hiatus to spend time with his then newborn sons. He brings with him a philosophy of putting one foot in front of the other.

“They’ve had a tough few years,” Case said. “When I took over the new position, my No. 1 goal for this group of girls was to really get them to understand that they have what’s needed to be successful. They have the talent to be strong within the conference.

“Where they fell short the last couple years is what I’m addressing. It’s in little things. It’s preparation. It’s setting goals. This particular team can be strong, but it’s what do they see, what do they want? They’re right there, but how do they get there? What’s the next step? With this team, that’s what I’m focusing on.”

Fruitport wants to make way up Lakes 8

After finishing near the bottom of the Lakes Eight last year, Fruitport is hoping to make its way closer to the top this season.

“We believe we have an improved team from last year,” said coach Brad Busscher. “The girls have their sights set for some high goals this year. We’re anxious to get the conference schedule here, and prove what type of team we are.”

Smith takes over at WMC

Holland native Matt Smith will take the coaching reins from Ron Maycroft this season.

Smith, who played collegiately at Doort College in Sioux City, Iowa, said he was hoping to make fundamentals the stamp of his program.

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