VERONA, NJ - The Verona High School boys tennis team battled through a tough season last year and were ready with an experienced group of seniors to take on 2020, but unfortunately the season never came.  As they get ready to move on from Verona High School, we are happy to share their coach’s reflections on their tennis careers at VHS.  

    Matt McNally was a key piece to the team’s foundation over the last several years. Performing in the top singles spot McNally worked his way up to being a leader for the squad after starting his career in first doubles. 

    “[McNally] brought toughness and athleticism to the #1 singles spot,” said Head Coach Jonathan Thai. 

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    Henry Wertz joined McNally as a staple atop the singles groupings. As Captain Wertz helped the team grow over the past two seasons. Overall Wertz finished with an accomplished record of 31-20-1 along with a division title and a few All-Conference accolades to his name.

    Andrew Tracy rounded out what could possibly have been an all-senior singles rotation for Verona. Tracy finished his career 13-8 in singles play and would have seen action in the first doubles pairing should he not have locked up the third singles spot due to his previous success there. 

    “[Tracy] played with a lot of passion and emotion,” said Thai.

    In the doubles position Adam Renna was expected to compete for a spot in the group. Renna posted a .666 win percentage as a singles competitor throughout his varsity career.

    “[Renna] brought a relaxed attitude to the team, he was a great teammate and always supportive of whoever was playing on court,” said Thai.

    Joining Renna as a competitive doubles player is Ethan Forrest. Forrest was an exuberant player for the squad who could be relied on to lift the spirits of his teammates. 

    “[Forrest] brought enthusiasm to every practice and match, he was always eager to compete,” said Thai.

    Rounding out the group of seniors is a trio of players who would have filled out the doubles pairings in one form or another. Steve Macawili, Max Handler, and Michael Ruggiero each returned with a varsity letter to their name as they were expected to grow into prominent role players. 

    Verona will undoubtedly have an adjustment period with such talent leaving their program, but the group positively affected all those they competed and came into contact with. 

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