I'll remember this one for a long time. I love all of you a whole lot...players, parents...heck, I even love Metz right now:) Girls, you are some of the hardest working individuals I know. Thank you for the passion you played with out there. You are the 2017 OK-Red Conference Champs!!!
Congratulations girls on moving to 4-0 in the OK-Red. This leaves ourselves and Rockford as the only unbeaten in the Red. In conference play we have now beaten:
Grand Haven 8-0
We have two OK-Red matches remaining…East Kentwood this Friday, then Rockford on Monday. These next few days will determine the overall ranking in the Red going into next weekends conference tournament.
Today was Senior Day, and we had the opportunity to send out Emily VanDyke and Megan Zimmer with a victory for their last home match at West Ottawa’s courts. They are both incredible individuals, and I love being their coach. Hopefully my two young children will take on many of their qualities as they grow. Both Emily and Megan finished their last home match with a straight set victory over a tough Hudsonville team.
Several former WO players and tennis parents came today. We also had several teachers rooting our team on. To all those who come out and support the team, please understand how much I and all of the players/parents appreciate this. Pat Marsman, our Athletic Director, was there as usual. We are lucky to have an AD who attends SO MANY athletic contests for SO MANY different sports. Not only is it more fun to have an AD who is so passionate about our teams, but the hard work Pat puts in as an AD is part of the reason FOR the success we are having. The support we get is fantastic, and again, I hope all our supporters know that it’s noticed and appreciated.
Ok, back to the scores…here are the full results from today’s match:
West Ottawa d. Hudsonville 8-0
1. Chloe Karp (WO) d. Maddie Brouwer 6-0, 6-0
2. Kayla Lebster (WO) d. Taylor Truman 6-3, 6-1
3. Tyliea Bethke ((WO) d. Kayla Wolma 6-3, 6-2
4. Katie Frauenheim (WO) d. Morgan Jones 6-0, 6-0
1. Alex Coy / Jolene Soriano (WO) d. Ali Vredevoogd 6-2, 7-6
2. Madison Mitchell / Kacey Westenbroek (WO) d. Nicole Harmsen / Jessie Glanville 6-3, 7-6
3. Emily VanDyke / Madison Wollenzier (WO) d. Jessica Bellamy / Kami Lee 6-1, 6-4
4. Megan Zimmer / Caroline Sisson (WO) d. Hadley Stoub / Lindsey Balk 6-3, 6-3
Well done girls.
Most of my personal time admittedly goes into the Varsity once the season gets going, but I think it's an appropriate time to highlight the great job that our Junior Varsity team is doing. Here is a recent post from Coach Matt and Coach Dave:
The Girls are off to a terrific start to the season. Here are the results about 1/2 way through the season.
WO vs Forest Hills Central Loss 0-1
WO vs East Grand Rapids Win 1-1
WO vs Hudsonville Win 2-1
WO vs Hamilton Win 3-1
WO vs Caledonia Win 4-1
WO vs East Kentwood Win 5-1
WO at Hudsonville Invite 3rd Place (Forest Hills Central Won the tourney)
1st Doubles - Ryann Schurman and Sammy Ockerlund went 1-2
2nd Doubles - Annika Sequin and Isabelle McConkey went 0-3
3rd Doubles - Anna Warsaw and Ashlyn Graham went 1-2
4th Doubles - Serena Siv and Amanda Vongkaysone went 3-0 FLIGHT CHAMPIONS
5th Doubles - Avery Warsaw and Emily Grant went 2-1 FLIGHT RUNNER-UP
6th Doubles - Abby Laduke and Evellyn Gambarini went 2-1 FLIGHT RUNNER-UP
Crystal Pickleman also played and went 2-0 on the day
Thank you to all the girls who participated in the tournament, and thank you also to all the parents who came to support their girls and WO tennis.
Coach Matt and Dave
However, It is my understanding that they have since beaten both Grand Haven and Grandville. I will let Coach Matt or Dave correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that this would push their record to 7-1. That is terrific!
We have some exciting news to share. A congratulations are in order for Jireh Warren, a 7th grader at West Ottawa. She is now ranked inside the top 100 in the Midwest in the Girls 12's. In addition to that, she is ranked inside the top 10 in both the Girls 12's and Girls 14's. Three years ago, I began recognizing players who reach the following USTA rankings in their age group CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE LIST:
The last player from West Ottawa to get inside the top 150 in the Midwest was Nick Schnobel 3 years ago. He is now playing Division 1 Tennis at Western Michigan University.
I should use this opportunity to add that Jireh is not alone in her progress right now. There are SEVERAL players at the middle school and high school who are making huge gains in their game and USTA rankings. For example, Kennedy Dumas, an 8th grader, has beaten this Spring's Varsity #1 singles player for Grandville, #4 singles player for Holland Christian, #2 singles player for Holland, and the #1 doubles player for Grand Haven in USTA play...just in the last 6 months. Our players are on a tear!!! Participation at the clubs is at an all time high. Participation in USTA is very strong. The results of players on our Varsity, JV, and Middle School teams is outstanding right now.
So thanks to everyone who is working so hard, and a special congratulations to Jireh on her incredible accomplishment. Keep it up everyone!
*I choose to recognize top 15 players in West Michigan because players who achieve this ranking are usually amongst the top high school singles players in the area. Current examples of this are Chloe Karp and Kayla Lebster. They have achieved this ranking, they play 1 and 2 singles for our Varsity Girls team, and they are amongst the best high school player in the area. Mark Vanderstoep achieved this a couple years ago also, and he is currently starting for Hope College. Chloe and Kayla are on paths to play college tennis as well if they keep working hard, as are many others in our program.
* I choose to recognize top 150 players in the Midwest because this is when players will start attracting attention from Division 1 and 2 Coaches, provided they can maintain that ranking into the older age divisions. Very few players get to this point. Not only does it take a tremendous amount of talent, but you have to be dedicated to playing tournaments regularly, often traveling distances to compete in them. I believe Jireh has played in about 17 tournaments in the past 8 months...about one every two weeks. Think about that!!! A Midwest top 100 ranking more than just a reflection of her talent. It also reflects a time sacrifice by both her and her parents to spend their weekends traveling to compete against the Midwest's best players. My bet is that the Warren's ultimately enjoy this process, but we all know that difficult things involve a lot of sacrifice too. I sure do appreciate all players and families in this community who make this kind of commitment. It's inspiring to be around all of you players who aren't afraid to set high goals and put in the work it takes to get there. Really inspiring.
Great job girls. Since my last post, we've done the following:
Just as a heads up, recaps are posted on wopanthers.com. Here's an example from our match with Caledonia today: Click Here
Or from our tournament in Traverse City: Click Here
Or maybe you want to see PICTURES FROM THE EVENTS and FULL RESULTS OF EVERY MATCH in one place. Head to the Womens Varsity tab, then go to "results / photoes", and click 2017. Here's a Quick Link just this once:)
Thanks for a great first weeks of the tennis season. I've enjoyed working with all of you a lot. You care, you work so hard, and you are terrifically talented. We've played two of the best teams in West Michigan this week in FHC and EGR. A special shout out to those who earned victories:
Kayla Lebster vs FHC at 2 Singles
Katie Frauenheim vs FHC at 4 Singles
Madison Mitchell and Kacey Westenbroek vs FHC at 2 Doubles
Emily VanDyke and Madison Wollenzier vs EGR at 3 Doubles
One of the best ways to objectively gauge how good you are is to ask yourself who the best people are that you've actually beaten. That's why I love playing good people...it gives you an opportunity to test yourself and improve your answer to the question "how good am I". Sevreal of you did that this season already, and that's a good thing.
Also, a special thanks for the many sincere birthday wishes I received today. Please know that I am very aware of how well you treat me...players and parents. I love being your coach and working with each one of you. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to google how to properly bake a personalized tennis mug!!! Thanks girls, I love it!!!
Have a fun spring break, be safe, and I'll see you all soon. - Coach
Girls, you were phenomenal today. Thanks for all the hard work in the offseason and over the past 4-5 years to make a day like today possible. This is the first time our girls have beaten Holland Christian in at least 10 years. It's enjoyable being around all of you and being your coach.
Parents, thanks for all the great food and for being so much fun to be around all day long. Your support for the players was perfect.
Brian and Mark, thanks so much for your help all day. Brian in particular, a special thanks for all the work you did keeping the tournament flowing smoothly.
Anika, Ryann, and Sam...all three of you were terrific. Every one of you exceeded the expectations of Brian, Mark, and I. You were poised, talented, and ready to go. Lot's of fun watching you compete, so a special thanks to all three of you.
Click Here for full results and some photos of todays tournament. As the season progresses, you'll be able to find these results directly by going to:
Women's Varsity, then
Results / Photos, then
Thanks for a good start to the season and for the incredible participation we have this spring. We are going to hold a parent and player meeting this upcoming Wednesday. Here are the details:
Parent / Player Meeting
Wednesday, March 22
LGI Room in High School North
Players and one Parent must attend.
Bring: $44 for Insurance
Goals of meeting: Discuss team rules/norms, introduce you to the team and the coaches, and to make sure any of your questions are answered going into our new season.
I look forward to seeing all of you soon!
Hi Everyone! I hope everyone has had a good offseason. We are back at it soon, so please do the following:
1. Sign up for the team by Clicking Here or the button at the top of the blog.
2. Get your physical on File, you can't play without it.
3. Freshmen, talk to your friends and direct them to this website. Some of them might not know that this is where to sign up, so let's all spread the word.
4. Get into MVP and Dewitt as much as possible and get ready for another awesome season!
Hello Varsity and JV Tennis Parents,
West Ottawa Tennis had another fantastic year! We welcome you to come, enjoy, and celebrate your son's individual and team successes at the Tennis Banquet on Wednesday October 19 from 6:30-8:30 in the LGI Room in the North building. You won't want to miss this!
Food To Bring For The Banquet:
Varsity players: Drinks (2 liters of pop, chocolate milk, water etc)
JV players: Dessert
A few things needed for the evening...I am looking for a couple volunteers to help set up the LGI room a few hours before the banquet with myself and Becky McCaw. Send me an email if you would like to help. Second, if you could RSVP (reply to this email) by October 17 with your name and tennis player's name and number planning to come, that would be helpful to have an estimated number of guests.
All uniforms should be returned at the banquet. There will be a varsity player/parent collecting the uniforms. Please remember to do the following:
1) wash uniform
2) fold uniform
3) put uniform in disposable bag
4) write name on bag with sharpie (not sticky note because they fall off)
5) give to a person who is collecting them at the banquet.