Boys Varsity Tennis
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QUEEN CREEK, AZ—The Queen Creek boys and girl’s tennis seasons are in full swing and both are looking to improve upon last year’s records.
The boys team finished last year 2-9. Head coach Josh Olson said his goal for the team this year is to improve their score against every team they played last year, and so far this year the team has already equaled its win total from last season.
“So far we have accomplished that [goal] by beating Westview 8-1 (6-3 last year) and beating Sandra Day O’Connor 5-4 (losing last year 8-1),” said Olson.
In high school tennis, the scoring format consists of six singles matches and three doubles matches. Each match counts for one point and the first team to score five points wins the contest. Throughout the season, the team gets ranked and the winners of each section will advance to the tournament along with eight automatic bids determined by an individual player or pair ranking.
For the boys, every player on the team has had at least one year experience at the varsity level. Olson said that the biggest team weakness is confidence.
“We don’t know how good we can be,” said Olson.
The boys will look to Joe Murray to lead the way.
“He is the first one to practice and is ready to work,” said Olson. “My JV3 from last year moved up to varsity2 this year and has won both of his singles matches. My JV5 from last year is now playing varsity4 and won a clutch tiebreaker against Sandra Day O’Connor.”
The girls are also looking to improve upon their 1-11 record from last season. Second-year head coach Lee Harmon said his team is very young, but they are working hard to improve every day.
“We have a lot of beginners who are learning the game and making huge strides,” said Harmon. “It has been great to see these girls support each other on and off the court.”
The girls split their first two matches of the season, beating Westview 7-2 and falling to Sandra Day O’Connor 1-8.
As far as team leaders goes, Harmon feels that freshman Alethea Lacroix will bring a much needed competitive edge to the team after losing two strong seniors from last year’s roster.
“It is early in the season, but Alethea has a lot of potential,” said Harmon. “She is undefeated in the number one singles position and has made quick work of her opponents. She is a joy to have on the team and makes everyone better.”
Both the boys and the girl’s team will play next on Wednesday, March 28 against Desert Ridge at 3:30 p.m. The boys will be home and the girls will be away. Follow our social media sites and athletic website for more on both teams throughout the season.