WEST ORANGE, NJ - Spring has sprung at West Orange High School in the form of its spring athletics, and the Boys Tennis team is anxious for the nice weather. Coach Victor Alcindor notes that the wet and unpleasant weather has posed a challenge for the team. The team practices at Degnan Park, located next to the high school. However, due to unfortunate weather conditions the team has been forced to practice in the wrestling room at the high school.
“I am optimistic about the season,” Coach Alcindor states. “We are rebuilding a program that will stand out for years.” Coach Alcindor is returning to coach at West Orange after a five-year break. Although the team will be competing in a different division, as a whole, they plan to compete well and be successful.
Sophomore Brendin Silverio admits, “Everyone is trying their best to make it our best season.” Although tennis is an individual sport, the boys reflect teamwork and sportsmanship as they are commonly seen practicing together and helping each other in every way possible.
Additionally, as practices progress, many powerhouses begin to rise. Coach Alcindor notes freshmen Trey Cohn and Quentin Mota as players to watch. In fact, they just might be first and second singles.
“Having two freshmen as first and second singles is very uncommon,” Coach Alcindor continues, “their talent is just so rare.”
Coach Alcindor confesses that the achieving a balance between intermediate and beginner players has proved to be a stressor for the team. However, the team plans to make the best of what they have.
The boys will officially begin their season with their first home game against Orange High School on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 4 p.m.