First off, congratulations to our Junior Varsity team in winning their invitational on Saturday. We one the majority of our flights, and from what I heard, played very well. A few years ago I've stopped thinking about you guys as a Junior Varsity, and I try to look at the team as our Future Varsity. Through that perspective, these tournaments become very important. Some of the boys who competed for us yesterday will be wearing a varsity uniform someday and will be competing for Conference and Regional Titles. Many of the kids they played against will be our opponents when that day comes. It's good to know that we are in a position to beat them.
Varsity Takes Second at Forest Hills Northern Invitational
Our Varsity performed very well also this weekend. We beat Grand Rapids Catholic Central 8-0. They are one of West Michigan's top 10 teams. An 8-0 win against them is an accomplishment. Kyle Harper deserves special recognition for the match. Joey Ellis is certainly one of the areas top 10 players, and Kyle beat him over the weekend. More than that, the match was a great example of how superior conditioning and a stronger mental game can make the difference when talent is equal. Kyle, I'm very proud of you. Even though you've been part of this program for a very long time, know that I never take for granted all you give to the team.
Against Forest Hills Northern we were equally strong, particularly in doubles. Northern is known for having the GREAT doubles. All four doubles matches went to third sets, and we won two of them. It was fun to look up and down the courts and see the huge improvement you've made throughout the season. Our energy was consistently high. We played correct doubles from start to finish. We executed the shots properly. Lots of first serves in, lots of well-struck volleys, lots of crashing the net, and even a few chest bumps!!! Other teams could have learned a lot from watching you and Northern go at it all morning long.
Another Thank You to the VanDynes
Mrs. VanDyne, thank you so much for opening your house up to the boys, coaches, and parents. The reality is that in ten years, most of the boys aren't going to remember playing at Forest Hills Northern today. It will all blur together with the hundreds of matches they played as a kid. However, they probably will remember the special events like the ones you put on last night. There's a million good reasons to be involved with sports. One of the best is that it allows us to create special moments that we'll look back on and be able to say, "hey, that was fun". So thank you.
Have a good weekend everyone. -Coach