This is another in a series of articles previewing MTHS 2013 fall sports teams.
After a 2012 season that included only three team victories, MTHS boys tennis coach Alberto Ramirez is hoping the addition of two talented freshmen to the program will bring more competition, and wins, this year.
The Hawks open their 2013 campaign with three matches next week: Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Marysville-Getchell, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at home against Mariner, and Friday, Sept. 13 at Oak Harbor. All three matches have 3:30 p.m. start times.
Terrace’s top returning player is senior Bryce Pingul, but Ramirez hasn’t necessarily penciled Pingul in as the team’s number-one singles player yet. “This year I have two very good freshmen who are going to step right into top singles slots,” Ramirez said. “Bryce is going to have Jeremy Ansdell and Adam Lorraine challenging him.”
Ramirez is looking forward to seeing Pingul, Ansdell and Lorraine test each other in practice and contend for the team’s top spots. “These three boys are multi-talented athletes with a lot of natural athletic ability,” Ramirez noted. “They will be pushing each other all season long, which will help them to improve their games a lot.”
Ramirez said he is hoping the friendly battles among the Hawk teammates will lead to more team victories. “Winning matches will follow if everyone works hard every practice,” he concluded.
The Terrace boys tennis team lost four of last year’s members to graduation, leaving plenty of room for the younger returnees and newcomers to make a significant impact right away. Returning junior Collin Rhodes will join Pingul as team captains of this year’s squad.
You can see the complete schedule of the 2013 MTHS boys tennis team here.
— Story and photo by Doug Petrowski