After closing out the 2014-15 prep boys tennis season with a trip to the 3A state championships last May, Mountlake Terrace High School’s Jeremy Ansdell is itching to get back to competition.
“I’m really excited for the upcoming year,” Ansdell said.
Ansdell and his Hawk teammates get the 2015-16 tennis season started on Tuesday, Sept. 8, with a non-conference match-up against Marysville-Getchell at 3:30 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Hawk coach Alberto Ramirez has already named Ansdell as the team’s No. 1 singles player and is expecting another strong year from the junior. “Jeremy will be our No. 1 player for sure,” Ramirez said. “He is looking much improved from last season. The biggest problem for him is finding a teammate who can give him a good practice match.”
Though the Hawks return all their players but one from last year, the team is still young and lacking a lot of experience – there is only one senior among them. “We still have room to grow,” Ansdell said of the team’s overall ability.
After playing in singles competition throughout the regular season last year, Ansdell and then-teammate Henry Brener dazzled as a doubles team in the postseason, qualifying for and playing in the state tournament in Kennewick.
Playing well in last year’s district competition and earning that ticket to state is still fresh on Ansdell’s mind as the new season begins.
“For me individually, I’d like to make another run at the postseason because last year I had a lot of success there,” he said. “(State) was crazy. There are so many great players – the best players in the state. It was a really cool experience seeing everyone come and show their stuff.”
If Ansdell does make a push in postseason play, he will have to do so without Brener, who as an exchange student from Germany last year, is not part of this year’s Terrace squad. But that doesn’t mean Ansdell never hears from his former doubles partner anymore.
“I stayed in touch with Henry over the summer,” Ansdell said. “We’ve been writing letters; he’s a great guy.”
Ansdell is hoping he can send news of many tennis victories to Brener thoughout the upcoming tennis season.
To view the entire Mountlake Terrace Hawks boys tennis season schedule, click http://www.wescoathletics.com/index.php?league=3&page_name=game_schedule&school=40&sport=17.
– By Doug Petrowski