A challenging start to a season? No doubt. Sequim’s boys tennis players had just five days from their first practice to their first match, while their lineup got a massive overhaul thanks to a number of factors, not the least of which put the traditional fall sport in with other “winter” sports in play this spring.
“It’s a challenge,” Sequim coach Mark Textor said with a grin last week, as his team prepped for their second match of the young season.
The Wolves look to freshman Garrett Little as their top singles player in 2021, with junior Connor Bear a solid second singles player. Textor said returners Henry Hughes and Dustan Koch provide a solid top doubles team.
“After that, we have a lot on inexperience,” Textor said.
The Wolves have a number of new athletes who normally play a different sport in the fall but are taking advantage of the season shift to try tennis. The influx helps the program that saw a number of players from last year’s squad either graduate or take up another sport.
That inexperience means Textor and assistant Rick Grant are working with players of varying grade levels who have little to no tennis background, seeking to translate their athletic skills form one sport to another.
“The season’s been really fun so far; everyone’s been a blank chalkboard,” Textor said.
What helps, the Sequim coach noted, is that “they have really good attitudes and they’re good kids.”
Said Textor, “This year, our goal is just improvement. If we can keep improving, we’ve got a chance to win a few.”