Yesterday was a tough but good day. Had the tournament gone according to our seeds, we'd have taken 4 place. Becuase of our strong play, we edged Hudsonville to take 3rd. The top two teams qualify for the State Finals, so we were very close.
Congratulations to Sam Duckworth, Regional Champion at 4th Singles. Also, congratulations to Travis Bethke, Regional Runner-up at 2nd Singles. Also, in case we have visitors, congrats to Grandville and Rockford for advancing to the state finals, as well as to Daniel Henry (KC) and Julian Buchan (Cal) for advancing as individuals. Congratulations to Coach Matt Tanis of Hudsonville on being named Regional Coach of the year. He's a person whom I have a great deal of respect for. It was definitely a tough tournament yesterday, and we were right there till the end.
A few housekeeping details:
1. Year End Banquet - I'm working today with our team moms and my wife to find a good day for the banquet. It will be in the next few weeks. Information to come shortly.
2. Uniforms - Now is the time for all Varsity and JV players to get their uniform together in one place and washed. They must be turned in at the banquet.
3. Strength/Conditioning - Begins Monday, October 19 for all Boys and Girls in the tennis program. We will lift after school Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. If you are not in a winter sport, we will see you there. We had over 20 people each time last winter, and we expect that number to be much larger this winter. This is free.
4. Club Play - Now is the time for you to be having conversations with your parents about a winter tennis play at either MVP or Dewitt. If you are able to, hopefully many of you are signing up for either drills, lessons, and tournaments.
And finally, just so Sam doesn't get too big of a head after his brilliant performance yesterday (and so Justin can get some deserved paybacks), here's a youtube video for everyone's enjoyment...