Windsor High School boys’ tennis begins
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Apr. 28, 2011
The WHS boys’ tennis team took to the courts with the first signs of spring. Nets up and racquets ready, the Warriors began practice the second week of March – and with a new group of talent, have set their sights on the state tournament.
A record number of players turned out for the team this spring. Coach Nancy Dulz credited the returning players’ enthusiasm for the increased number.
“We only had 13 players last year, and I think the kids on last year’s team had a very positive experience – and through word of mouth, we have drawn a much bigger group this year.”
Coming off a 5-11 season in 2010, Dulz commented on her expectations from this year’s squad. “We have a very tight group of young men this year. They are competitive, but also know how to focus on the goals we set as a team and individually. I believe being able to prioritize in that way will be extremely beneficial to the overall success of the team,” she said.
Dulz recognized the challenges in grooming new players. “It is very easy for young players to get discouraged if they are down a set, or miss a point. A lot of what we are trying to achieve this year is to stay in the game, stay focused on the point you are playing, and not dwell on previous points.”
Encouraged by the team’s outlook, Dulz is looking forward to a positive season. “These kids are very dedicated, they stay well after practice is over and keep working on their game. Many of the long term players spend extra time with the new guys, trying to help. It is great bunch. I’m very proud of them.”
Returning leaders include a singles starter for the Warriors, Mike Truong, back for his fourth season; one of the team’s few left handed players, Charles Armstrong-Hicks, a second year player; and three-year singles player and team captain, Nemil Perez, all of whom are looking forward to the season ahead.
Windsor High School Boys’ Tennis Coach Nancy Dulz
Number of Seasons: 3
The season ahead: “We would like to have our returning players improve on their basic skills sets and develop our newer players for the long term,” Dulz said.
Seniors: Charles Armstong-Hicks, Matthew Bouthet, Jeremiah Chamberlin, Matthew Krakowski, Nemil Perez, Mike Truong, Josh Zimmerman and Jon Hurd
Complete schedule on www.casciac.org
Mike Truong – Senior: “I like playing and working hard at my game. It gives you a real feeling of accomplishment,” said Truong. In addition to tennis, Truong plays soccer and plans on attending either UConn or Holy Cross where he intends to study biology.
Charles Armstrong-Hicks – Senior: “My favorite shot is the forehand cross court,” he said. He competed on the WHS football team as an outside lineman and plans on attending Wheelock College to study social work.
Nemil Perez – Senior: “I prefer to play long rallies and get the chance to hit as hard as I can. It should be a good year.” A swimmer for WHS, he plans on attending UConn where he will major in biology.