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Tennis

WLC boys team takes down PCA to break .500

Undermanned Warriors succeed without the services of Edmunds

  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.
  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.
  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.
  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.
  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.
  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.
  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.
  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.
  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.
  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.
  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.
  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.
  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.
  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.
  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.
  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.
  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.
  • WLC boys tennis defeated Portsmouth Christian Academy on May 2.

The WLC men’s tennis team defeated Portsmouth Christian at Dover on Friday. On what was a fair weather afternoon, the Warriors found themselves faced with another challenge, the vacancy of one of their top players, James Edmunds. The team pulled together in Edmund’s absence and were able to win four of six singles matches.

Senior Connor Holt dropped his singles match by a score of 9-7. Junior Ryan Christino was challenged with moving up to the number two slot on the Warriors’ roster in place of Edmunds. Christino played well and won his match 8-3.

“It’s a big help when someone can come in and win a match like that,” said second year head coach John Williams. “Last year when we played [Portsmouth Christian] all the matches were close,” he said.

Williams’ son Skye, a junior, was defeated 8-2 in his match. Teammate John Lemine was victorious in his match, winning by a score of 8-5. Lemine was the first of three straight wins for the Warriors to close out singles play.

Sophomore Mathew Shinn and senior Mark Davidson both won their respective matches by a score of 8-5.

First-year player Davidson shared secrets to his victory following the match.

“Every time I hit it to [my opponents] backhand, he hit it out. I was able to use my fast serves effectively as well,” said Davidson. Davidson is following in his older brother Marshall’s footsteps by joining the tennis team during his senior year.

“Most of my friends are playing this year, so I figured I’d try it out. I am enjoying it so far. My brother did the same thing his senior year,” he said.

Heading into the doubles portion of the contest, the Warriors needed just one win to seal the team victory. Holt and Christino played a close match with Portsmouth Christian’s top two players, ultimately coming out with an 8-6 win. The Warriors won by a final score of 7-2.

After wrapping up the team victory, Christino talked about his doubles win. “Towards the end [the Portsmouth Christian players] lost consistency. They allowed us to come back into the game,” said Christino. “We were able to frustrate them by playing back their hard hits. It destroyed their morale.”

With his teams record now sitting at 3-2, coach Williams is optimistic about the remainder of the season.

“My goal for this team is to have a .500 season. We didn’t have a strong team last year. I think the team and I would be happy with a .500 record,” said Williams. “We haven’t all gelled on the same day yet this season. When that does happen, we are a really competitive team.”

Without a feeder program, Williams often gets kids on his team that have never played tennis before.

“I have to teach them both tennis skills and game strategy, lots of swinging skills depending on their experience,” he said.

Williams struggles to get the necessary six players on his roster. “We need more players in the program moving forward. I have a hard time filling the roster.”

According to Williams, the school is putting money into the tennis courts over the next few years in the way of resurfacing and replacing the net posts.

The Warriors will be back in action this afternoon at home as they play host to the Profile School.

Dylan Fisher can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235, or dfisher@ledgertranscript.com.

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