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M-P tennis falls to Hawks


Andrew Hines

Aaron Kalab sprints to the net as Marysville-Pilchuck takes on Mountlake Terrace at Totem Middle School on Sept. 6.

The Marysville-Pilchuck boys tennis team kicked off the new season with a rough start against Mountlake Terrace.

On Sept. 6, at home, the Tomahawks were handed their first loss of the season. Through seven matches the Marysville-Pilchuck players were shutout, starting off this season 0-1.

"Coming into this season we lost six seniors. We only have a couple returning underclassmen, but overall we only have three returning players from last year. So we have a lot of young freshmen and sophomores, which have never played, coming out here. The thing that I have been impressed with the most with our young freshmen and sophomores is their willingness to be coached on things that may seem uncomfortable to an inexperienced tennis player. It's amazing how they are picking up the correct techniques and doubles and singles strategy," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Evan Shaw.

The Tomahawks' biggest struggle this season will be to add experience to their young players. Of their four starting singles, three of them are freshmen and the fourth is a sophomore. Without a strong group of upperclassmen on the roster Marysville-Pilchuck's main goal is to prepare their young talent for the future of their program.

"Our senior captain Griffin Hubbert is a four-year player. He shows a lot of leadership and he's also the team goofball so a lot of the guys feel comfortable talking to him. Another guy is our young freshman, our number one singles, Luke Dobler. He's been blowing everyone out of the water in terms of development and where he is at. The goal for this season is to get a solid foundation for everyone and then progressing from there. This will be a building year for a lot of these players, so finding everyone's playing style is the biggest thing this year," said Coach Shaw.

If you want to catch a few Marysville-Pilchuck matches, their next home game will be on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 3:30 p.m., against the Stanwood Spartans.


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