West Ottawa Tennis
High School Boys Tennis begins Wednesday, August 13
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Note: In general, I'll post these results on the Middle School Blog, but I wanted to put them on the home page in case this is your first time on the site. GREAT JOB TODAY, I'M SO PROUD OF ALL OF YOU -Coach Schwallier
Comments from Coach Mets: What a way to start off the season! The harbor lights girls came out swinging and got the victory against a very tough Grand Haven team. We ended up winning the match 6-2, but we had numerous close matches up and down the line-up. What I was so excited about was the WAY we played our matches, both with our teammates and against our opponents. I saw a lot of high-fives/racquet-fives and a lot of telling the other team “Nice shot”, “Nice try”, ect. It was a fantastic way to start and I am looking forward to working with each/every person on this team this season. Here are the scores from the match.
Boys, thanks for getting stronger and stronger as the match progressed today. Thanks for all the parents and students who came out to support the boys. It was a cool day today, and it was nice that so many came out anyways. Justin, great job out there today. You rock.
Today's #1 shout out, however, goes to Laura Veldhof for taking some kick butt photos of the boys. I've put some work in tonight, and the "Meet the Players 2014" page is up and running. Check it out!!!
Alright, practice tomorrow to get ready for an important match with Rockford on Monday. We've had a lot of success this year, but what we did yesterday doesn't mean anything if we don't keep focussed on whatever is next. Last year's score with Rockford was as follows:
Rockford 5, West Ottawa 3
If you don't like that score, then let's do something about it. Time to get to work!
Great job boys! This is the 3rd year that we hosted this event, and it is our best result. West Catholic was the state runner-up in Division 4 last fall. Grand Rapids Christian is always one of the top 10 schools in West Michigan. All flights did a great job of playing to their potential all day long. Here are our updated stats on the year:
Today's thank you has to go to everyone who came to watch the event. We had the girls team there and their parents, and there were several graduated players and parents of graduated players who came by to support the team. I LOVE seeing every single one of you. Please keep stopping by whenever we have a home match. All of you mean a lot to me, and it's awesome every time I get to see you!
Great job boys! In the 8 years I've been here, I think this is the 2nd time we've beaten them. To put into perspective just how good they are, St. Joseph took 3rd at the D3 State Finals last year, beating Cranbrook, the next closest team, by 6 points. It was another balanced effort, where we split the dubs and got 3 of 4 in the singles.
Today's big thank you has to go to the whole St. Joseph team and coaching staff. They worked hard with us to make this year's meeting count as a match instead of a scrimmage, and it made for a more exciting day as a result. So, if any St. Joe people are reading this, thank you. We appreciate the opportunity to play a great program like yours each year.
Practice this week from here on out until our tournament on Saturday. Players, stay on top of homework, sleep, and your eating over the next few days as you transition to a new way of doing things. This is probably even more important for your tennis game than anything we do on the practice court for the next few days, so take care of your bodies. Again, great job today everyone.
Parents and Players,
The past three weeks have been pretty intense. It's been our philosophy that as long as we keep showing we can hold our own, we will keep scheduling the very best teams possible. We have competed in four tough tournaments and one very challenging scrimmage. Here's an overview of how we fared as we head into the school year:
Where We Played:
Stowe Stadium - Kalamazoo
Canepa Tennis Center - East Grand Rapids
Who We Played:
Traverse City Central
Ann Arbor Pioneer
Ann Arbor Huron
Midland Dow (twice)
Grosse Pointe South
Forest Hills Northern
East Grand Rapids
How We Fared:
Overall Team Record: 46-32 (59%)
Singles Record: 24-14 (63%)
Doubles Record: 22-18 (55%)
Both in singles and in doubles, the boys showed that they can play the best and still come out ahead over half the time! Not only are we very good, but we are a balanced team. Every player on the team is contributing and giving us wins.
Everyone have a great weekend! Here's the plan for Tuesday:
3:00 depart for Lakeshore High school via bus by the athletic office
5:00 ish begin match with St. Joseph as soon as they are done with Lakeshore
7:00 isn leave for home
8:30 ish arrive back at the high school outside the athletic office
I1. Brother Rice Scrimmage - Nick Schnobel recorded the first win against Brother Rice since I've been the coach. What an incredible match. However, it was our 4th doubles team of Adam Dykens and Travis Bethke that actually recorded the first set. They ended up losing in a close 3 setter, but wow, what a performance. Up and down the line, we played fantastic against them. I was very imdpressed.
2. Ann Arbor Invitational - This is our most difficult event of the year. We finished 9-12 on the day in total matches. This is an 8-team tournament. Joe Miller medaled for us, taking 3rd place. Adam Dykens and Travis Bethke also held the distinction of winning 2 matches, finishing the day with a winning record.
3. Okemos Quad - The name is deceiving, because Okemos is the one school we didn't end up playing. It rained before we finished, but we did get two matches in. We first played Holly, beating them 8-0. However, that's not even the best part. In our match with Midland Dow, we played them to 3-5. Winning on the day were Nick Schnobel, Nick Govert, Austin Barajas, Hugh Davis, and Kyle Maas. Actually, though, it's even better than that. Justin Anair and Dominic Aquino beat their 5th doubles team 8-5, so really, it was 4-5. This is cool for many reasons. First, it's the best we've ever done with Midland Dow. Second, it shows that our doubles have the ability to carry the load when needed, even against the best teams in Michigan.
Currently I'm still waiting on official results from Ann Arbor and Okemos. When they arrive, I will post the scores on the site for you to check out!
Yesterday the Mens Varsity Team took 1st place at the Traverse City Summer Splash. This tournament featured Traverse City Central, who finished 7th at the State Finals a year ago, Rochester, who is a strong team from the East side of the state, and Grandville, who has been our main rival for the past 5 years in the OK-Red. Of 24 possible matches, we won 18. RESULTS AND A FEW PICTURES CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING ON MENS VARSITY, AND THEN ON RESULTS / PHOTOS. We had three flight champions, who each went 3-0 on the day. They are:
Nick Schnobel, at 1st Singles
Mark VanderStoep, at 2nd Singles, and
Spencer Panse and Sam Duckworth at 3rd Doubles
Most important to focus on was our 5-3 result against Grandville. This is a good start, but it is only a start, and it shows they are very competitive. Grandville again proved that they can go toe-to-toe with us at every flight. To win the OK-Red and the Regional, we must face them in the duel, at the Conference Tournament, and at the Regional Finals. They will be ready every time, so we need to keep improving.
The following are a few of the thank you's that need to be given:
1. Paula Maas - Thanks for the Jimmie John's lunch, it was just what we needed!
2. Scott Anair - Thanks for helping drive the boys up to Traverse City, as well as for teaching your son how to play euchre. (Other parents, most of you are slacking in this department, as virtually none of the kids know how to play)
3. Scott VanderStoep - Thank you for buying the whole team pizza on the way home. It was awesome!
4. Coach Metz - Thanks for your time and positivity with all of the kids. You are doing a great job.
5. All Parents who made the trip - It always amazes me how many of you get up to support the boys, even when we travel far. It really is part of the reason our boys program continually succeeds. You are such a valuable part of what we are all doing!
6. Captains - Mark and Nick, you were both a terrific example to the team of how to bring it from start to finish each match. What great role models.
7. Joe - You have earned your promotion from "Assistant to the Captains" to "Assistant Captain" this weekend. The job you did keeping the energy of the team high all day was fantastic. Well done!
1. Concussion Testing (MEET AT THE NORTH TRAINING ROOM)- Each athlete must do this UNLESS THEY ALREADY HAVE A VALID TEST ON FILE. Here are the times they can show up...no appointment needed:
Wed. Aug. 13 @ 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, and 6:30pm
Thurs. Aug. 14 @ 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm
Friday Aug. 15 @ 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm
2. Meet the Panthers Night WEDNESDAY AUGUST 20 (NORTH GYM)- All players and at least one parent must attend. This is a mandatory meeting for every athlete regardless of sport. Here are the details:
Schedule for the night
6:30 Meet the Panthers Night begins
Players, just wanted to say thanks to all who played this weekend. Once again, we just had a tremendous amount of West Ottawa players involved, and it was so much fun to watch you all compete! Some more trophies were collected from this weekend's event:
Dominic Aquino - Boys 14's Consolation Champion
Mark VanderStoep - Boys 18's Finalist
Casey Foster - Girls 18's Consolation Champion
Hopefully all of you decide to pick another tournament and keep doing them. What a great way to gauge your progress, have fun, and get better!