By Matt Vozar
The Henrico boys’ tennis team had a strong start to their season before being held up by some unfortunate losses and ending the year shorter than they would have liked.
After starting 5-0 in their first five matches, the tennis team suffered a loss in three of their next four matches, ending the season with a 6-4 record. They made the playoffs for the fifth straight year, but faced a rock solid Godwin team who knocked them out in the first round. Despite the end of season slump, the tennis team was not projected to come close to obtaining six wins, so the season overall was a major success.
The lone senior on the tennis team, Benjamin Hubinger, said, “This year’s tennis season was a process of rebuilding the team. After losing so many exceptional senior players last year, I was worried that the new top 6 [players] would have trouble filling the roles that the previous seniors left; however, we had a long run of success that proved my initial doubts to be incorrect. Starting with back to back victories over tough opponents, Atlee and Freeman, we maintained an undefeated record until we lost to Godwin towards the end of the season. This match and the few losses that followed were reminders that our team was still young and developing. Despite our pitfalls, I feel we had a great and fun season, and I have complete confidence that next year’s team will be stronger than this year and will win some of those matches against the teams we had hoped to beat this year.”
When Hubinger was a freshman, the team won the district championship and lost late in the state tournament. This year was a short ending compared to that year, but with the multitude of talent, that was expected. What this shows is that the Henrico tennis team should never be counted out; they will always find a way to win some great matches and make the playoffs. Next season should be a year booming with successes and wins.