2006 Season Summary
When the varsity tennis team organized
itself several days before spring break, it was pretty clear that 2006
was going to be a challenging rebuilding season following a successful
14-2 year in 2005 and an overall 65-11 record since 2001. Nine veteran
seniors were lost to graduation and one talented German exchange
student retuned to his native land for his senior year. Over
thirty-five students tried out for varsity and JV tennis and when the
dust settled following a week of challenge matches, the 2006 varsity
team found itself with two freshmen, four sophomores, four juniors, and
three seniors. Five of the new varsity players were JV players last
year, four were new students, and four returning students switched
spring sports from last year.
Captain Erik Lanza ’06, who owned the #5 varsity spot during his
junior year, was the only returning varsity player and he would have to
not only provide leadership, but also take on the daunting task of
playing in the #1 spot in singles and doubles.
Throughout the seven weeks of the regular season, the team remained
focused on improvement; playing smart each match, forging team
solidarity, and working hard to reach our goal of scratching out five
victories. As of this summary, we have two 4-3 wins over
Trinity-Pawling and Pomfret under our belts and we feel that we can be
competitive in three of our final four tilts.
Enough cannot be said about captain Erik Lanza, who, as a senior and
veteran player, was used to being on a winning team; Erik came to
practice every day with the desire to help his younger teammates to
become more competitive players. His maturity, dedication, and
leadership were outstanding.
The underclassmen on the team who were tested in competition this
past season have a better idea of what it will take to compete next
year. They will work hard in the off season to improve all aspects of