Varsity tennis team sets high goals


Olivia Madderom

Freshman Jackson Vander Ark sets his feet to hit a ball.

To say that the varsity tennis team is hoping for an average season is quite an understatement. After returning four varsity players from last year’s second place state team, and adding a few more strong freshmen players, the 2014 boys tennis team has their eyes set on one thing: a state championship.

“Our goal is to win state this year, but we are going to have to work hard and beat out Wichita Collegiate,” head coach Brad Belden said.

At the midway point in their season, the tennis team has competed in five tournaments. Although they haven’t won any, they have come close.

“We have had close matches with Barstow, and second place finishes at the Topeka-West tournament and the Immaculata tournament,” Belden said.

With this many returning players from last season, they know that their goals are within their grasp.

“Everyone is committed and everyone knows that we have a good shot at winning state, so we try to keep that mindset and intensity during practice,” Belden said.

While the tennis team may be very dedicated to winning state, they also know how to have fun while doing it. Belden is known as the funny guy and keeps the team entertained at practice so that they don’t get too frustrated with what they are doing.

“The best part about tennis season so far is, for sure, Belden’s humor. He knows how to make practice fun,” freshman Jackson Vander Ark said.

All that being said, the team has high hopes for the second half of their season. Their motto for the season is to “get B.E.D.,” which means get better every day. With a state championship on their mind, the boy’s tennis team goes to work every day trying to achieve their goals.