CHATHAM, NJ - The addition of three freshmen to a veteran group led by seniors Tyler Lowe and Riley Feher has Chatham boys tennis coach James Cai thinking optimistically about the 2018 season.
“I think this might be the strongest team I have ever had in the past five or six years,” Cai said. “We should have a stronger team and a deeper squad.”
The Cougars are coming off a season in which they finished with an 11-7 record and lost two players to graduation. Despite losing some experience, Cai believes that with his returning players and the addition of three freshmen to the varsity team, he and his team are set up for a successful season. When asked about the expectations he has for his team Cai said: “I believe we can fight for a top-three spot in the county.”
Cai mentioned that he feels his singles unit was going to be particularly strong this year because of the depth he has with his first four singles players. He mentioned that he feels the gap between his first four singles players isn’t that big and that gives them an advantage over other schools.
The singles unit is going to be led by seniors Lowe, and Feher, with sophomore Aidan Sims and freshman Dennis Isak making for a solid top four.
The doubles unit lost two players to graduation but gained quality with the addition of freshmen Alberto Thomas, and Ryan Sordillo. Junior Tyler Schmitter is going to be the leader for the doubles unit, and will look to help and teach the incoming players.
“I’m looking forward to the counties, to see what we can do, and hopefully upset the big dogs,” Cai said.
Chatham opens the season Monday, April 2 at Morristown.
First singles, Tyler Low, 2nd Riley Feher, Aidan Sims, sopho. third singles
Tyler Schmitter junior 2nd doubles
Freshmen newcomers - Dennis Isak 2nd or third singles; Alberto Thomas 1st or 2nd doubles, Ryan Sordillo, 1st or 2nd douiblesTyler Lowe committed to Sacred Heart University; Riley Feher, Roanoke College