Boys Tennis Update


By Grace Geraghty

With a current record of 9-2, the Niles West boys varsity tennis team is in the midst of their best season in recent memory.

Head coach Andrew Suarez notes the rocky start the team had, with many of their early matches being canceled due to bad weather conditions. Now that the team has played more matches, he is optimistic about their chances.

“The season has been going great, since we started playing,” Suarez said. “We had a rough start because of all the rain, but we’re actually to the best start we’ve had in six or seven years.”

The team has even won a match against Maine South for the first time in several years, in part due to the members’ flexibility and understanding that they all must play their part for the team to be successful.

“The whole team has contributed to our success; everyone has been flexible enough to shift between singles and doubles.”

Suarez believes the team’s chemistry has been important to their winning record, as the boys all play better when they feel a sense of comradery with each other.

“The team chemistry has contributed to their success,” he said. “When they feel something good, they all build on that. Feeling good about the season and their teammates makes everybody feel, and play, better.”

This season, the team is aiming to come in third in conference, behind just New Trier and Glenbrook South.

Suarez is looking forward to a year of rebuilding next season, as five seniors will be graduating this year. But with a few of his best players remaining as underclassmen, he is optimistic about the future of the team.

Come catch the boys varsity tennis team at their next home match against Evanston on Tuesday, May 3.