Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Boys varsity tennis team has banner year

The boys varsity tennis team includes many fierce competitors with the goal of reaching the state finals.

This year, Coach Steve Lubbers squad has many veterans returning to lead the boys.

Senior Justin Folkert has the privilege to a team captain again this year. A four year letter winner in tennis, Justin has seen the improvement over the past years. Even on close matches, the team pulls through.  To overcome hard matches or come back from losing, the team stays mentally and physically tough.

First singles player, Justin Folkert, sets up to serve the ball.

First singles player, Justin Folkert, sets up to serve the ball.

“(We) try to come to practice everyday and get better,” Folkert said. “(We) don’t give up on matches.”

This fall was the first time Hamilton boys varsity beat Holland High. The team heads into the conference meet in second place.  The other team captain, senior Grant Wolfram, is part of the first doubles team, and he is happy with how their season is going.

Wolfram and his partner Austin Haverdink are still being undefeated and are the first doubles team to win more than 20 wins in one season.

“Everyone’s having fun and we have good team chemistry,” he said.

The guys seem to all share a mutual feeling that their practice has paid off and they have made a vast improvement from last season.  Wolfram commented that this could not have been achievable without their coaches.

“(Coach Lubbers) is always encouraging and knows the right thing to say,” he added. “He makes it fun.”  Wolfram also shared that he was disappointed that this will be his last year playing on the varsity tennis team.  “I will miss all the guys and coaches. It’s a lot of fun.”

With their hard work, practice, and team chemistry paying off, they have never been a stronger team.  The team just went to regionals and is headed to state on Oct. 17.

Wolram and Haverdink ended their season with an impressive record of 30-1 and were All State players.

Folkert also earned All State honors and ended his season with a record of 25-6.  The team ended their outstanding season with an overall record of 20-3-1.

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