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Revere boys tennis looking to continue successful postseason run

5/22/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

BATH — With an 11-3 overall record and a 6-1 mark in the Suburban League, head coach Paul Fisher said the Revere High School boys tennis team is wrapping up another successful season.

“We have finished up our league season — we ended up second in the league to Copley,” he said. “And we just finished up sectionals [on May 17], and Noah Hendrickson, our first singles player, got second at sectionals, which means that he’s going on to districts. Our doubles team of Matt Harris and Bharat Kumar placed fourth at sectionals, so they get to go on to districts as well.”

Fisher said this year’s team has a great blend of youth and experience.

“We have six of our seven varsity positions filled with previous varsity players, so we are experienced,” he said. “However, we have only two seniors, so we have a bright future.”

The two seniors on this year’s squad are Hendrickson and Kyle Gersman.

“Noah and Kyle are great students, members of the National Honor Society and co-captains of the tennis team this year,” Fisher stated.

Hendrickson is playing first singles this year.

“He is having a great season,” the coach said. “He really sets the tone for the team with his hard work and leadership skills.”

According to Fisher, Hendrickson has “a really good chance” of advancing past the district tournament, which will take place today, May 22, and May 24.

“He’s playing really well and he’s a senior, so he is experienced,” the coach said. “And he’s been there before — he was a state qualifier as a sophomore in doubles — so I have a lot of confidence that if he plays his best, he’ll have a good shot of moving on.”

Gersman played first doubles along with sophomore Matt Fiedler this season.

“Kyle was in his third year playing doubles for the varsity team, so his experience really showed. He has been mentoring Matt, who was in his first year of being a full-time varsity player,” the coach said. “They were in sixth place in the regular season in the Suburban League, and they ended up getting second at the tournament, so they showed a lot of improvement throughout the season.”

The remainder of the squad, Fisher said, is comprised of players who are showing continuous improvement throughout the season.

“Matt Harris (junior, second singles) and Bharat Kumar (sophomore, third singles) have really improved this year and are winning a lot of matches for us in singles,” the coach said. “This is their first time going to districts, and as the fourth seed, they’re going to have to play the first seed from one of the other sectionals. That’s always a challenge, so they’re going to have to play really, really well to advance.”

In addition to his success on the doubles team, Kumar also claimed the top spot at the Suburban League Tournament for his play in the No. 3 singles position.

Rounding out this year’s team was the second doubles team of junior Griffen Hansen and freshman Andrew Kosich.

“They are really rounding into a great doubles pairing, and they both have a bright future with the team,” the coach stated. “Both of them showed a lot of improvement this year as well.”

Fisher, who is in his fifth year as Revere’s varsity boys coach, said he is happy with the way his team has played this season.

“Our singles players have been very strong all year long,” he said. “Our doubles teams started off struggling, and they both ended up placing second at the Suburban League. They played really well at that tournament, and our team ended up a close second to Copley. Pretty much our focus was on the Suburban League and the sectionals, and we were successful in both of those, so I am very pleased with how the year has turned out.”

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