Posted on 03 March 2015.
BY MICHELLE EISENBERG
The boys tennis team started off its season undefeated, winning its first four matches against St. Thomas, American Heritage, Sagemont, and Cooper City. The most recent match took place Feb. 24 at home against Cooper City.
“I’m really proud that the boys started off the season strong,” Coach Vincent Grossi said. “Its always nice for us to beat a school like St. Thomas because they have a really strong team, and they definitely have the potential to go far this season.”
Coach Grossi said he has set high expectations for the team this year.
“I want to see the team work together and do the best they can in every match,” he said. “The ultimate goal is to become state champions as we have done in the past, but we’re going to do the best we can.”
In order to make states, the team must win districts, which will he held March 30-31, and regionals which will be held April 7 and 9. Each of the players must first play at least four matches in the regular season. Coach Grossi said the boys will have a lot of competition this season.
“Every team is good and every team wants the same thing, so the boys are just going to have to work extremely hard to win every match and treat every match like it’s the finals,” he said.
Last year, the boys won second place at the state competition in Orlando. Coach Grossi said there were a few matches that could have gone either way, which unfortunately cost them the first place title.
“I don’t think they need motivation because they’re very driven group of kids,” he said. “They know what they want, and I know they’ll do whatever they can to get it.”
Senior Christopher Kougoucheff said he is looking forward to the rest of the season and hopes to claim the state title. He said the team is very motivated for this season.
“We have a really strong team, with a bunch of seniors, so I think we can definitely win states,” Kougoucheff said.
Sophomore Rodrigo Moreno said he is hoping to get a starting position, but he is willing to do whatever he needs to in order to help the team in the greatest way possible.
“It’s really competitive with all of the seniors on the team,” Moreno said. “Even if I don’t get to start, it’s still a privilege to be part of this team.”
Senior Scott Plutt said he is excited to be competing in his final season for the team.
“It’s sad that it’s my last season because I’ve been on the tennis team all four years of high school, but I’m excited to see what this season has in store for us,” Plutt said.
Plutt will be attending Bryant University in Rhode Island in the fall with his twin brother Michael, who is also on the team. Both will play tennis in college. He said he hopes to end his high school tennis career strong.
“I’m really excited for college, but I want finish my time here first,” Plutt said. “Winning states would be the cherry on top to a great senior year.”
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