Thunder finishes preseason and opens against Miners
The Rocklin High boys tennis team opened Sierra Foothill League play last week against Nevada Union and were able to get an 6-3 victory while giving the Thunder’s top players a rest.
“Each of the 30 guys on the team come every day to practice and deserve a chance to show their skills in a match format.” Said Rocklin tennis head coach Dale Eckenburg
Cameron Hanegan got the nod at No. 1 singles and put on a show with his athletic ability winning 7-6, 7-6.
Senior Brett Wheeler won a hard fought three-set match 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 to earn the victory for the Thunder.
Off the court first were the doubles teams of Matt Carter/Matt Olker who won 6-0, 7-5 and Robert Goodwin/Dominic Navarro with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory.
“It was great to get these guys into a competitive situation.” said Eckenburg. “To see first-year players get an opportunity starts the learning process.”
The Thunder finished the preseason welcoming cross-town foe Whitney to the Rocklin courts. After some competitive matches, the Thunder rolled the Wildcats 9-0.
The best match of the afternoon came at No. 1 with Rocklin’s Alex Agelakopoulos edging out Whitney’s Conner Macias 6-2, 6-7, 6-3.
“They both play great baseline tennis with big strokes that put pressure on the opponent.” Eckenburg said. “Alex is continually working on attacking the net when the opportunity arises.”
Senior’s Hunter Snider (6-3, 6-4) and Brandon Yates (6-0, 6-0) continued the wins for the Thunder at the top with consistent play while attacking the short ball.
“Hunter has really improved his serve over the last three weeks and is started to see the results.” Eckenburg “Brandon is a great young man who carries his academic aptitude on the court.”
Rounding out the top six were wins by Matt Hauptman at No. 4, Jake Schmidt at No. 5, and Bryce Trueman at No. 6.
Rocklin was secheduled to play Roseville on Tuesday and Woodcreek on Thursday this week.