Winning its seventh straight tennis meet to start the season came easier than any other win the Father Lopez Green Wave have achieved thus far. They smashed the Lake Mary Prep Griffins 7-0 in singles and doubles Tuesday, Mar. 3, at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona.
“This is probably our strongest boys’ team in recent history,” coach Jane Fountain said. “They have a lot of depth, and they’re dedicated players, working year-round on their game. They’ve been together for a couple of years, and they’re becoming a well-oiled machine.”
In singles competition, Zach Pifer had the only competitive match, winning 8-6 in comeback fashion. Team captain Will Greaves, Dane Hawthorne, Mikey Munier, Zach Pifer and Connor Sikorski all shut their opponents out to win 8-0. Sikorski teamed up with Tyler Turnbull in doubles to win 8-2, and Kevin Fountain and Jacob Attia gave up just one game in their 8-1 win. Sikorski improved his singles record to 7-0 on the season.
“We started this season a little slow, due to injuries, but we’re training a lot harder than last year, so we expect to finish even stronger,” Greaves said. “We know we can make it to states, but we’re trying to go far, when we get there. We know what’s to come with the rest of the season and districts, and we’ve trained hard enough to beat all the teams coming up.”
Last season the Green Wave were knocked out of playoff contention by Windermere Prep in the district finals, and Greaves the Green Wave can hardly wait to get their chance at revenge.
“We’re looking to get payback,” he added. We’ll probably meet them in the regional tournament, and we’re going to be ready.”
Father Lopez will look to continue its streak against Bishop Moore on Thursday, Mar. 5, in Orlando.
BOX: Lady Green Wave sweep Lake Mary Prep
The Father Lopez Lady Green Wave (5-3) didn’t drop a single point to the Griffins of Lake Mary Prep, shutting them out 7-0 in singles and doubles matches.
Sophomore Maya West blanked her opponent 8-0, and Caroline Herrero, Abigail Marvin and Madeline Ufheil all won their matches 8-1. Girls’ top player Carlie Davis had the most difficult match, but she finished strong with an 8-4 win. In doubles play, Davis and Herrero won their match 8-3, and Marvin and West won 8-0 to remain undefeated at 6-0 for the season.