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Dutchtown boys' tennis on point
by Bobby Tedder
March 27, 2013 10:11 AM | 1440 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye
Dutchtown’s Jon Duong warms up before a recent home match.
Staff / Katherine Frye Dutchtown’s Jon Duong warms up before a recent home match.
Dutchtown High boys’ tennis coach Jamal Hafza likes what he sees these days.

The Bulldogs are rolling along as of late, carrying an overall 6-3 record (6-1 in region play) into this week.

Perhaps that should be no surprise given Dutchtown’s formidable lineup: singles players — No. 1 through 3 — juniors Mitch Phadoungsyavong and Austin Peete and senior Markus Leaphart. On the doubles front, the No. 1 senior-junior tandem of Ian Alexander and Jonathan Duong and the No. 2 all-junior pairing of Sukhpreet Singh and Eric Dyer have held up pretty well, with Jacob Fontin also getting some time in.

As the prep regular season draws to a close, Hafza, in his first year at the helm, likes their chances.

The Henry Neighbor caught up with the Dutchtown coach to pick his brain:

 On assessing his squad

“We have a strong team, where each and every week someone steps up and gets the needed point or points to win.

“The guys all want to win and are willing to work hard.I’ll take a hard worker over a skilled one because eventually the hard worker will surpass the skilled player. Our strength is the depth in the singles and our No. 1 doubles team.”

 On the season

“We have done well … two of our losses were to very good teams. We did not have our No. 1 singles player against Mundy’s Mill for our third loss and it still came down to the last match.”

 On the schedule ahead

“We play Woodland, Jonesboro, and North Clayton [this] week. If we finish all three with wins we will be second in the region … I can assure you that we won’t see anything like we did against Spaulding.”

On high hopes

“Last year, the team was in a tough region so we did not get a chance to go to state.

We plan to change that this year … we’ve got time to work out any kinks that may prevent that from happening.”

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