Varsity boys tennis lost their dual to Lincoln East on Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Even with the overall loss, head coach Nolan DeWispelare said that though they did not perform as well, that means they will have lots of room to improve.
“It’s early season so this was definitely a reality check that we need to keep working hard if we want to compete with other hard teams later in the season,” senior Joe Plachy said.
However, there were multiple players who shined during the dual Tuesday.
Plachy won his singles match, as well as his doubles match with fellow senior Michael Endacott.
DeWispelare said, “Plachy played great. He came from behind to win his singles match, in a tight match. He and Endacott won their doubles match as well.”
Endacott made a lot of good adjustments and almost came away with a win at No. 2 singles according to DeWispelare.
Along with wins from Endacott and Plachy, junior Cooper Nichols came from way behind in his singles match, down 2-7 and won the match 9-7.
“Cooper showed a very gutsy performance in order to win that match,” DeWispelare said.
However, even with wins for some, there is room to improve according to DeWispelare and the players. The loss gave players a wakeup call to continue improving and focus on moving forward.
“I think besides a few well-played matches, the team’s effort was a little lacking,” Endacott said. “The team needs to focus on discipline during practice and effort if we’re going to have a successful season.”