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Boys Tennis advances to State

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Daniel Gilbert (10) pumps up his teammates during introductions before the Carroll Match. The team won the match, 5-0.

Daniel Gilbert (10) pumps up his teammates during introductions before the Carroll Match. The team won the match, 5-0.

Yana Weir

Yana Weir

Daniel Gilbert (10) pumps up his teammates during introductions before the Carroll Match. The team won the match, 5-0.

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Yana Weir
During his match against 10th ranked Carrol on September 12, Homestead’s top singles player David Heiney (11) lines up to rip a backhand. Heiney’s win contributed to the varsities overall 5-0 win over their rival.

Yana Weir
During his senior night match against rival Carroll September 12, Will Milne (12) sets up to drive a forehand against his opponents. Milne and his partner Thomas Weir (12) went on to win their match at 1-doubles 6-0, 6-1. The Homestead varsity team also won the match with a score of 5-0.

      The concept of winning has been a familiar and common experience for the fourth ranked boys’ tennis team as Homestead captured its 36th sectional championship and 30th Regional Championship. They will be playing in the state tournament October 13-14 in Indianapolis.

    “I think this has been the best season so far,” David Heiney (11) said. “The team has been doing so well; we haven’t lost a dual match yet and we are undefeated. For me personally, it has been my best season since I’ve only lost once, so I’ve had a lot of good success.”

    The team’s overall success this year has caused it to win tough invitationals and matches.

    “We won the Homestead Invitational which Homestead hasn’t done in a while,” Will Milne (12) said.

     During finals, the team beat highly ranked Guerin Catholic.

     The team has also beat other highly ranked rivals, such as sixth ranked Leo and tenth ranked Carroll, making them the most successful team in the Fort Wayne area.

    “We’ve beaten, pretty easily, all the teams we’re going to play in the postseason, leading up to state, so this gives us a lot of confidence,” Heiney said.

    The Spartans play Canterbury in sectionals and, most likely, Leo in regionals.

    One of the reasons for the success this season can be attributed to the team chemistry.

    “We work really well together,” Thomas Weir (12) said. “We’ve all been friends for awhile so we know how we play together, so the team chemistry is there.”

    While the boys are highly ranked in the state, they do not let this standing strongly affect them.

   “We don’t let [the ranking] get to our head,” Weir said. “We still need to push ourselves and our coach keeps reminding us to get better everyday.”

    In order to improve, the players focus on specific aspects individual to their own weaknesses.

    “We practice relating to our matches,” Milne said. “In doubles, if we’re not serving well, we’ll hit a bunch of serves. In singles, if we’re not finishing points well, we’ll work on volleys or approach shots.”

    With the postseason arriving, the players have set goals they want to see achieved.

    “Our goal is to get as far as we can,” Milne said. 

     

     

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