NU Miners have a deep pool
The Nevada Union boys tennis team graduated seven seniors from last year’s team that took third in the Capital Athletic League.
Fortunately for NU, the Miners typically carry a squad more than double the size of its competitors. This year’s team plans to dip into that deep pool of seasoned tennis players and put together a team that once again should finish in the upper tier of CAL league play.
“It is a little different program for us this year,” NU tennis coach Tom Isaac said. “Our top two guys last year (Kellen Ali-Christie and Dan Olmstead) lost a total of two league matches between them, but this year everybody is closer in skill.”
Moving up from No. 3 singles to take over the top slot is senior Danny Lake, who has lettered for the Miners each of the past three seasons.
“He hits the ball hard and has a nice kick serve,” Isaac said. “He is playing the best tennis of his life. He has never had a winning season, but he is going to have one this year.”
Playing behind Lake are No. 2 Pete Weisberg, a junior, and No. 3 Alex Wolfe, who played at No. 5 singles this year. Isaac is using the preseason matches to work out his doubles lineups, using round-robin play as the best way of determining the pairings.
Last year, NU surprised league newcomer Davis during season play. This year, Isaac expects Davis and Rio Americano to be the teams to catch this year.
NU, which relies more on serve-and-volley play, will start its CAL schedule today at Rio Americano.
“We had a good junior varsity team last year, and some of those kids will be moving into the lineup for us,” Isaac said. “Most programs, the kids play USTA tennis, but we don’t have anybody with a USTA ranking. They are homegrown players, but it is a solid team from top to bottom, and that is how we compete.”
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