With excellent senior leadership, inspired play on the court and energetic contributions from several newcomers, the Linfield men’s tennis team made progress, collectively as well as individually.
Coach Carl Swanson’s senior-laden team competed hard throughout the 2015 season. “We moved up in the standings and the team chemistry was very good,” he said.
Graduating from the team are seniors Lukas Kleinman, Joel Trousdale, Ben Brewer and Micah Roos.
“Lukas will always be one of my favorite players,” praised Swanson. “I love his competitive spirit. He worked hard to make himself a better and stronger player and I have great respect for his determination and grit.”
The doubles tandem of Trousdale and Brewer played steady throughout the spring, holding down the No. 3 flight.
“Joel and Ben put together some very nice streaks as a doubles team and it was nice to see them play so well together. Joel made great strides in his singles game and kept our team spirit high. Ben came back from knee surgery and was able to contribute in a significant way and enjoy his senior year, so I am grateful for his unwavering commitment to the team.”
Roos, a four-year letterman, fought through injuries yet remained willing to take on tough assignments when called upon, said Swanson. “Micah is our best ball striker but he was willing to develop a more balanced game to help the team in our doubles lineup.”
Veterans Alec Wisthoff, Kelsey Rosborough and Tim Hawkins solidified the roster with their steady work habits.
“Alec was a rock in singles and ready to contribute in doubles. Tim was versatile and able to give us a variety of help in singles and doubles at different lineup positions. Kelsey is the heart and soul of the team, a great teammate and an absolute fighter on the court, yet respectful and fair to his opponents.”
Two newcomers stood out during the 2015 campaign. Freshmen Ben McNair and Liam Spearnak were called upon to contribute right away and rose to the challenge. The experience of playing tough matches will make them stronger and better going forward.
Grant Barrow and Ehren Cahill worked hard to push themselves and their teammates in practice, noted Swanson. “Our freshmen took advantage of every opportunity to play against conference opponents and they both made great progress and improvement.”