Males’s tennis primed for good fortune at the back of sturdy seniors | The Ithacan

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Men’s tennis primed for success behind strong seniors | The Ithacan


With a big leadership-driven senior magnificence, the Ithaca Faculty males’s tennis group hopes to strengthen an inconvention file and growth its intensity of sturdy performers. 

The Bombers graduated 5 seniors after the 201819 season however returns with seven this 12 months at the 12-man roster. The seniors come with Jared Fields, Sam Fried, Colten Lavery, Ethan Longenecker, Max Prestwich, Liam Spiegel and Minos Stavrakas. 

Stavrakas, who will function a co-captain alongside Spiegel and Lavery, earned First Crew All-Liberty League Singles reputation as each a sophomore and junior. He held a 15–11 singles file closing 12 months. Stavrakas stated the shutly knit senior crew has grown in combination right through the years.

“We all know each and every different rather well,” Stavrakas stated. “The tennis group is a small group. We’ve gotten to understand each and every different rather well since freshman 12 months. That makes excellent group chemistry for us. Many of the seniors are beginning too. We’ve an older group with extra enjoy, so it could actually paintings towards our receive advantages.”

Head trainer Invoice Austin stated that the seniors have led the group to this point right through the nice and the unhealthy.

“There’s a large number of senior management there,” Austin stated. “They’ve completed an excellent process of conserving everybody not off course and shifting ahead, maintaining other folks responsible and accountable. You’ll by no means cut price senior management.”

Junior George Lomas is the one member of his magnificence at the group. Remaining season, he had a singles file of 6–zero and a doubles file of two–2 for the Bombers. Lomas stated a very powerful piece in their upcoming preparation goes to be operating conditioning. 

“Our strokes are there, and our taking part in is there,” Lomas stated. “It’s in reality simply our health at the present time, just getting our stamina again, getting our psychological stamina again. That’s what tennis is all about, and, if that’s no longer there, you’ll be able to’t in reality play the sport.”

Stavrakas stated he’s lately taking part in thru a knee harm however is aware of the group will probably be in just right palms if he has to take a seat out at any time. The Bombers have 3 freshmen at the group: Tyler Purdy, Max Sobel and Wyman Ward. Lomas stated the freshmen had been spectacular to this point.

“Our freshmen this 12 months had been taking part in in reality neatly in recent years, which is just right,” Lomas stated. “We’re going to want them subsequent 12 months. The seniors have in reality been pushing them and pushing me. It’s going to be in reality attention-grabbing to peer what the beginners do after the season of taking part in. That’s the time to strengthen, and they’ve been. I believe they’ll seem like new avid gamers in the following few months.”

Austin stated that with such aggressive groups within the Liberty League, each certainly one of the Bombers’ convention video games will probably be marked down and highlighted on their calendar.

“It’s handiest been our 3rd 12 months within the Liberty League,” Austin stated. “Numerous those groups within the Liberty League on a 12 monthsto12 months foundation are nonetheless relatively younger in aggressive relationships. It’s the sort of deep league and proficient league that we’re no longer circling one. We’re circling all of them.

Skidmore Faculty is the protecting league champion, and it took down the Bombers closing season 5–1 within the Liberty League championship semifinals. The South Hill squad appears to strengthen on its 4–Four convention file from closing 12 months. 

Austin stated a part of its offseason preparation incorporated extra time within the weight room and with conditioning.

“[Assistant coach] Chris Hayes and Vic Brown, [strength and conditioning head coach], have completed an excellent process with power and conditioning right through the season this 12 months, and it’s appearing,” Austin stated. “Everybody’s a bit bit more potent than they have been within the fall. That’s in reality been an incredible asset.”

The Bombers open up their season at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 on the College of Rochester. Every week later, the South Hill squad hosts the Rochester Institute of Era in its first Liberty League fit.


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