Tennis team closing in on a great season
The Northampton varsity tennis team is winding down their 2014 season with a string of wins that has surpassed head coach Kim Davis' expectations.
"The season has turned out to be a very pleasant surprise," said Davis. "Preseason, I thought four total wins would be a good season."
But, the team is currently 7-6 and still very much alive as a District 11 team tournament hopeful.
On Monday, April 21, the team traveled to Pocono Mountain West and came away with another victory, defeating Pocono 6-1.
In the singles matches, Northampton's Tyler Nicholas bested Pocono Mountain's Isiah Torres in two games, 6-4, 6-4, and Northampton's Tom Reinhard shut out Pocono's Zach McNulty in two games, 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles have been a strength for Northampton throughout this season, and Monday's game was no exception.
All four doubles teams for Northampton came away with wins on Monday including: Nick Bohorquez and Nick Walker, Justin Burger and Andrew Serensits, Kevin Kunkle and Zach Miller, and Corey Cowitch and John Yeaw.
Davis underscored the great season the doubles teams have produced.
"Our doubles are our strength," Davis said. "They are all playing very well and deserve equal recognition."
As District 11 playoffs for singles approach this week, Northampton prepares to send one singles player, Tyler Nicholas, to compete. Nicholas has enjoyed an awesome season and has had a big impact on the quality of singles play for Northampton, Davis said.
"Tyler amazes me how even if he gets behind he can come back and wins matches," added Davis.
Sophomore Tom Reinhard, another Northampton singles player with an excellent, 9-2 record this season, was kept out of the district singles tourney due to a new rule this year.
As the team looks toward the close of this season, they will host Liberty on Thursday, April 24, and travel to Whitehall on Friday, April 25.