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April 9, 2014

2014 area boys tennis preview

Senior Andrew LeMar leads Lumberjacks into 2014 season; Warriors aim high in return to tennis court


Tonawanda News — Junior Nick Agallah and seniors Niko Mankuso and Vladomir Bubovac, all singles players, will return to bolster the Blue Devils' roster.

“I've had Vladomir since the seventh grade, Niko since the eighth and Nick since the ninth and they've been phenomenal,” Siegal said. “They'll be counted on to anchor our singles players, which should be the strength of our team.”



Despite the Kenmore East Bulldogs not having a successful season in 2013, head coach Dave Coates believes that the team can make strides in 2014 toward becoming a much more competitive tennis club.

Though the team finished last season with less than five wins and lost top singles players Alex Lisowski and Joe Crawford to graduation, Coates thinks the team's current best singles player, sophomore Frank Wozinak, will be more than ready to take on the challenge of leading the Bulldogs in 2014.

“We have a lot of inexperienced guys on our roster, but Wozniak's a very good player and has more room to grow,” Coates said. “When you've been where we were last season, you can't do anything but improve. I anticipate that we will do that in 2014.”

The Bulldogs will try to make up for their inexperience with hard work and by gaining more seasoning as the year goes on, according to Coates.

“We've got a very hard-working team, but we just don't have a lot of guys who have been through a lot of matches,” Coates said. “I think that we'll be able to grow and get better as the season goes on. Not to make excuses, but most of our guys are beginners. But they want to learn how to play the game at a high level, and in order for that to happen, they need to play games. I'm looking forward to helping them become better tennis players this year.”

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