Tennis serves it up

Tennis serves it up

By Sean Neary This season, many talented boys have come back to the Boys Varsity Tennis Team here at Lincoln High, including many new freshmen who have great potential. “This is the deepest team I’ve had since I started six years ago, and guys are very competitive,” Varsity Tennis Coach Todd Sandberg said. “The way

By Sean Neary This season, many talented boys have come back to the Boys Varsity Tennis Team here at Lincoln High, including many new freshmen who have great potential. “This is the deepest team I’ve had since I started six years ago, and guys are very competitive,” Varsity Tennis Coach Todd Sandberg said. “The way we rank is called a ladder and guys continue to beat each other. I think competitiveness makes every guy better,” Sandberg added. His goal for the team as a whole is to “surpass” last year. He knows that it will take a lot of hard work, because last year they won 5 to 4 in duals. “This year,” Sandberg said, “the team wants to do better at the conference tournament and would like a top 10 finish at state.”

”Personally, I want to get second at the half-conference, which is the Heartland Athletic Conference Tournament, at two doubles, and I want our team to win 6 to 3 in duals,” Senior Varsity Player Caleb Martin said.

Martin has been on varsity for 3 years. He claims that it took a lot of hard work and to have it pay off is obviously rewarding. “I think I do a pretty good job of leading the team. In certain situations I think I do a pretty good job of telling people they need to be in this place at this time, or encouraging other people.

“I think that we have lots of hard workers on our team and I think especially, kind of being an underdog in a lot of tournaments and duals makes us have a lot……… like a big motivation to win,” Martin also added.

Reserve player Sasha Sepahpur said, “I think our team is really good and I think that the coaches are helping us get to a higher level of playing. I think a lot of people have just improved in the first few weeks.”

He says that he just really enjoys playing the sport and he played previously so he really wanted to play here this year as a freshman. Some strong points for the team, according to Sepahpur are: they all work together, they’re all really good players, and practice really makes them better. Neither tennis player could think of any low points for the team and all the coach came across was the need to figure out which doubles teams need to work together.

Sepahpur and Martin both noted that the season’s going really well so far. Varsity placed 4th in the tournament and won their first dual against North Star 8:1. Reserve, however, barely got defeated by North Star in their first dual. They lost 5:4.

What went wrong out there? According to Sepahpur, “I had a few unforced errors, but everyone has a few of those. I had some pretty tough opponents. It was a pretty good match though. I had a lot of good shots and I hit a few.

I think we’re going to have a good season though. As we play more meets, I think we’re going to get a lot better. It’s a short season, I mean, we end in October, but it’ll be a good one.”

Many members of the team went to state, including Garrett Brockman, Ethan Bruha, James Gallentine, Alex Hamann, Caleb Martin, Salil Purandare, Christian Stoneall-Nelson although no one advanced to the finals this year.

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