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Union Grove boys' tennis hopes to build on success
by Maurice Dixon
March 26, 2014 01:14 PM | 1967 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Union Grove senior Stephen Lam warms up for a game against Forest Park.
Staff / Katherine Frye / Union Grove senior Stephen Lam warms up for a game against Forest Park.
The Union Grove boys’ tennis team looks the same as last year; however, the Wolverines aren’t expecting the exact same results but something a little bit better--and going just a step further will put them in an historic group.

Last season, the Wolverines advanced all the way to the Class AAAAA championship but fell short to Starr’s Mill.

“We have the same kids back that went to finals last year,” Union Grove coach Leslie Butler said. “Several of them worked hard this summer to get better.”

Butler is referring to No. 1 singles player Nathan Connelly (sophomore), No. 2 singles player Casey Daley (senior) and No. 3 singles player Bradley Perry (senior).

“Bradley has always been the clutch player,” Butler said. “He’s able to stay focused and pull out very close matches. He’s one of the reasons we made it to the finals last year. He won three matches in the state playoffs that were very important. He can perform under pressure.”

Butler was also referring to juniors Michael Ouy and Raymond Watson, who make up the No. 1 doubles team, and Grant Meserole and Sam Suessmith, who work together as the No. 2 doubles team.

“We know we can go far in the postseason again but two things I keep telling them that they can’t get the big head and we have to stay injury free,” Butler said. Right now, we’ve recovered from a few injuries and look like we could be heading in the correct direction.”

Currently, the Wolverines are well over the .500 mark overall and in sub region 4A-AAAAA.

“Overall, we’ve had a good season,” Butler said. “I think we are going to peak at the right time.”

On Thursday, Union Grove hosts Rockdale County, which is playing well this season, and on Friday the Wolverines host Eagle’s Landing Christian.

Then on Tuesday, a rematch with Starr’s Mill is scheduled. On Feb. 27, the Wolverines lost to the Panthers 4-1.

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