Tennis teams benefit from number of players

Julia Hatton – Mustangs Ahead

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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS tennis teams is huge compared to other schools in Manatee County.

There are 15 players on both the boys’ and girls’ teams, 30 players making up the whole. Why is it important that the tennis teams have so many kids?

Joey Wietecha is a sophomore who has been on the tennis team since he was a freshman. He stated, “The more kids there are, there’s a wider selection and range of skill levels to match the kids with players from the other team.”

Annaliese Prium, a junior, has been on the Tennis team since her freshmen year. According to her, “I like having more people because you can make more friends, and the more people, the easier it will be to make our team good!”

Since LRHS has such a big tennis team, they are more competitive against the other schools in Manatee county and this has helped make the program a success over the years.

Tennis coach Ed Bongart says having a tennis team with a lot of players is a “huge
advantage” with “a better chance to be a stronger team.”

“You never know if a student has the ability to play high level tennis, or is a fast learner, unless they come out and prove themselves,” stated Bongart.

The boys team finished this season 6-3, and the girls finished their season 6-4. Both teams are hoping to expand next year so there is a wider range of skill level on their team.

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