Tonawanda News — “I think the fact that our team is back after a prolonged absence is very good for our school,” head coach Ashley Feyler said. “There's no doubt that we're going to be seen as huge underdogs all season because we don't have a lot of guys who have played tennis before, but from day one, we've set our sights pretty high and there's no reason to not aim for lofty goals.”
Two players in particular will be counted upon to play well in the Warriors' comeback season — seniors Jordan Hughes and Mike Vaccaro, who both have athletic experience in multiple sports.
“We have a bunch of guys on our roster, including Hughes and Vaccaro, who have been swimmers, bowlers and soccer players, but the only type of tennis that anyone has played here has been Wii tennis,” Feyler said. 'It's going to be a challenge to teach them how to play the game, for sure, but I'm looking forward to it.”
Feyler said that the Warriors will take their lumps early on, but all signs point towards a successful first season back.
“I can tell that these guys are going to win and have success,” Feyler said. “We like having that role of an underdog, because no one thinks that we'll accomplish much without any experience. We'll work hard at it and see how it goes.”
Coming off of a 4-10 season, the Kenmore West Blue Devils boys tennis team have high hopes heading into the 2014 season.
This isn't due to additions of any new players or a new coach. The Blue Devils feel as if their woeful record from the previous season can easily be turned around if a few small bounces go their way.
“I'm very excited going into this year,” seventh-year head coach Lisa Siegal said. “A lot of our losses from last year were only by one point, so since they were so close, I think that we can definitely turn it around and have a much improved season this year with a little bit of luck.”