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Revere boys tennis team aiming to defend league title

4/11/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

BATH — Last season, the Revere High School boys tennis team won the Suburban League regular season championship with a 7-0 record. However, head coach Paul Fisher said winning a second-straight league title will require a lot of hard work from his players.

“We hope to be able to repeat as Suburban League champions, but the league is very tough this year,” he said. “Copley has a very strong group of players returning, as does Highland.”

According to Fisher, improvement during the early part of this season is key for his team.

“We have a couple of seniors, but I think we have a really young team. We’re still trying to figure out what our best lineup looks like, and I think by the end of the season we should look pretty good,” he said. “A lot of our really tough matches are at the beginning of the season, so hopefully we can use that to improve. We’d like to peak when we get to the Suburban League championship the first week of May so we can defend our championship.”

A team strength this year, Fisher said, is the return of a trio of experienced players who are expected to lead the way.

One of those players is junior Noah Hendrickson, who is making the move to first singles this year.

“Noah was new to our team last year as a sophomore and he was very impressive. He only lost a couple of matches last year at second singles,” the coach said. “This year, he’s moving up to first singles, and we’re hoping to see continued improvement. The competition will be tougher, but physically he’s a good enough tennis player to hold his own.”

Brian Carano, one of the team’s two seniors, is also making a transition this season.

“He was a district qualifier in doubles last year, but he will be playing second singles this year,” Fisher stated. “Going over to singles will be a difficult transition for him, but I’m assuming he’ll do a great job at it. He’s planning on having a great season at second singles. I’ve seen a lot of improvement from last year to this year, so I’m looking forward to watching him this year.”

The team’s other senior is Frank Jin, who was a state qualifier two years ago in doubles play.

“Frank will be playing first doubles this year,” the coach said. “Frank is really the heart and soul of our team. He played all over the lineup last year — some singles and some doubles — and we’re really hoping he’ll anchor our doubles lineup this year.”

Carano and Jin form a “very strong” senior class, Fisher said.

“As captains, they are providing a lot of leadership for our younger players,” the coach stated. “We expect them to carry us through a tough schedule both in and out of conference play.”

According to Fisher, a sophomore and a junior are expected to step up this season and play key roles for Revere.

“Sophomore Matt Harris will play varsity full time this year after a strong debut as a freshman last year,” he said. “Junior Kyle Gersman also played some varsity towards the end of last year, and we expect him to be a major contributor in our doubles line-up.”

Fisher said he also has big plans for a trio of newcomers to the squad.

“We expect solid contributions from sophomore Griffen Hansen and freshmen Bharat Kumar and Matt Fiedler,” he said. “Our younger players will be expected to contribute to our winning tradition right away as we play a very challenging schedule.”

Fisher is in his fourth season as the team’s head coach.

“Kathy Shisler is our long-time assistant coach, and Chris Harris is coaching again with us this year,” he said.

Revere will play against Wadsworth High School, today, April 11, at 4 p.m. at home.

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