Tennis team is young but athletically inclined

granville tennis 003By Jaime Thomas

As the undefeated Adirondack League champions last year, Granville’s current tennis team has a lot to live up to.

The team is young, Coach Terry Wheeler said, and there are a lot of “newbies.”

But Wheeler isn’t worried.

“There are a lot of brand new players, but I still think we should play well,” he said.

The team lost five seniors who were on the starting lineup last season; currently there are two seniors, one of whom is new to the team. Wheeler thinks even those who are fresh to the sport will catch on quickly.

“A lot of them aren’t tennis players, but they’re athletes, so they’ll pick it up,” he said. Wheeler, who is in his sixth year coaching tennis, sticks to a philosophy where the less stress there is the better the students play.

“They create their own pressure. I put no pressure on them whatsoever; I just give them the ball, get them on the court and let them do their thing,” Wheeler said.

He said this year’s Adirondack league has many good teams and the Horde’s biggest opponent will be Schuylerville. Though the team will have a couple of hard matches, Wheeler hopes to finish among the top three.

“We have a long way to get there, but we will,” he said.

As far as a top player, Wheeler said Joey Lee is a team and spiritual leader. Currently, there are five singles players and two double teams playing for Granville.

“Overall, they’re a great bunch of kids that are really responsible and we’ll have a lot of fun,” he said.

The first home tennis match is on April 8 at 4:15 p.m.

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