SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Through the coming weeks until the end of June, TAPintoSPF is taking a look at the spring sports seasons that were supposed to take place but never did because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The tennis program at Scotch Plains-Fanwood has worked hard, advancing to the second round of the Union County tournament for the last several years. Despite losing five seniors last year, head coach Luke Piede believed this year’s squad would once again return to prominence.
“Even after losing a large group of strong players, you never know what is going to happen,” Piede said. “I had high hopes for the new, younger squad and felt there was great opportunity in this coming season.”
“Our two graduating seniors are both four-year varsity athletes who made tremendous contributions to the team. I am sad they did not get the opportunity to compete during their senior season," Piede said. "I wish them all the best, I appreciate how hard they worked and the character they have built.”
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Brett was an experienced tennis player coming into high school. He began playing tennis at the age of 5 and has played consistently throughout his life. His dedication to his sport and the team showed on the court.
Brett has been a solid contributor to the varsity team all four years, each year contributing a little bit more than the previous year. He earned a coveted singles spot as a freshman and played second singles as a sophomore. As a junior, he played first singles and was named co-captain of the team. As a senior, he was set to repeat the first singles position and once again be captain of the team.
Since Brett joined the team four years ago, he developed into a leader and motivator, always willing to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with less experienced players.
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Brian began his varsity career four years ago as a second doubles player. As a sophomore, he rotated between singles and doubles, and as a junior he earned the third singles spot. Brian has been an anchor for this team throughout his tenure at SPF.
"Brian always set very high standards for himself. He loved being a part of the team and always strived to do his best," Piede said. "He worked very hard on his game, playing throughout the year and it was all about to show, as he completed his senior year at what would have been second singles."
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