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Boys Tennis Team Finishes Year with Top-15 State Finish

 

By: Nate Dreyer

The Hamilton boys tennis team just wrapped up another highly successful season, as once again the team ended the year with a state final berth. This came as the team initially may have looked as if they were in a “rebuilding” year, as they added eight new players to the varsity. Despite this the team was able to build upon success as they year went along, as they first put together a 3rd place finish in a very difficult league,  then followed up that performance with a 3rd place finish in regionals to clinch a state championship berth.

 

Much of the success came through the development of young players, as mentioned, the team added eight new players. According to coach Steve Lubbers, much of this development came from the players learning to “… improve their consistency and (learn) how to look for and play to their opponent’s weakness”.

 

Throughout the year, the team was consistently able to grow  and were able to perform in the matches they needed to in order to advance as the year went along. This was evident in the regional semi-finals, where the team was able to pull of a couple “upsets” as Spencer Boeve and Christian DiCesare were able to defeat opponents that they had each had struggled with throughout the year in close battles to help the team move on.

 

All in all, this season really helped show the dominant program that the Tennis program has grown into here at Hamilton, as they have now made it to state 3 out of 4 years, and did so this year with a young team that was initially looking to build this year. The effort and determination the team showed this season played the key role into the team’s success, as coach Lubbers simply put it “ (the team) never gave up”.

 

One of the key parts of having a young team with this much success, is that the team is already performing at a high level, and yet can still grow more so into next season. This optimism was also echoed by coach Lubbers, as he stated frankly that the team is “…already looking forward to next year”. In short, this season can be viewed as an incredibly successful, as the team pulled off a 15th place finish in the state, but the future is also bright for a young team thanks to their experience gained this season.