Varsity tennis makes quick work of Grand Rapids Christian

Lucas Thompson

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The brooms came out against the Grand Rapids Christian Eagles last night, with the Rangers continuing their successful season through incredible performances from the entire team. 

The singles players consisted of seniors Sammy Yin and Chris Shang, sophomore William Wen, and freshman Franklin Feng playing their A-game against the Eagles. William faced a tough opponent, and they played down to the wire, but still, the Ranger secured the win.

Chris has been a prominent leader of the team. Not only is he a captain, but also an inspiration to the younger players. While excelling in his leadership, he also brings elite skills to the court. 

“I think my personal performance has been on the rise,” Chris stated. “I’ve beat most of the opponents I should have, and I have also played some close matches. Our team has also improved throughout the season as younger players gain more experience and doubles players gain better chemistry.” 

The doubles players were also on top of their game to help secure the sweep, with underclassmen such as freshman Frey Wu and Hayden Tanner joining the spotlight and upperclassmen such as senior Max Cooper and junior Will Hoffman. 

Even with high skill levels and leadership, no team can be bulletproof, especially if they don’t have the correct mindset. Coach Dan Bolhouse knows his players’ skills but also what his team needs to work on to be a playoff contender. 

“We are working to continue improving every day as we practice to prepare for the end of the season,” coach Bolhouse explained. “The boys are working on the game’s strategic and mental aspects.” 

As a captain, Chris knows what his team needs to sharpen up on. He is also aware of this team’s talent and expects big things from them and himself.

“Going into playoffs, I think we need to improve our mindset going into each match and take every opponent more seriously,” Chris said. “Our regular season is almost over, but I think we should be able to end strong. It really depends on how we do against our duel against Northern, as that is our last big match before conferences.”

Varsity tennis plays in a quad hosted by FHC on Saturday, September 24, at 4:15 p.m. With the season winding down, the boys look to play their best.