Boys tennis team playing in a tough conference

The Carl Hayden spring season has begun and the boys tennis team seems to be a little unprepared.

“What we need is to just practice,” said freshman Omar Hernandez. “The problem is that no one comes to practice.”

Playing in a tough conference, which includes competing against high schools from the East Valley, the boys’ expectations for having a good season is still a mystery.

“I really don’t know what to expect,” said Coach Gary Anderson, “our competition this year is really tough.”

The team believes that many of their problems are due to the fact that many players just don’t take the game seriously and come to practice whenever they feel like it. Still, Anderson believes there is hope for the team.

“One thing I would like to see is one of our doubles make state,” Anderson said. “But the problem is that their personal or work schedule gets in the way of playing time.”

Despite being a little undermanned and a little inexperienced, some players on the tennis team still show fortitude and hope to have a good season.

“I think our team is improving,” said senior Ricky Ortiz. “We are doing pretty good for the amount of experience we have.”

The team has already played in a couple of matches and feel that with only more playing time the team will only improve. Coming out everyday under the guidance of Anderson, the team practices their serves, strokes and mechanics in order to better understand the game and hone their skills in tennis.

Boys tennis players prepare for their next match on Monday, March 3.
-photos by Ramon Sanchez (3.8.11)