It was a season of firsts for the Maple Leafs' tennis program last year, and Geneseo will need new faces to step up to maintain that success.
It was a season of firsts for the Maple Leafs’ tennis program last year.
Geneseo won the first tennis sectional in school history, and Avery Dunker and Mick Haverland became the first doubles team to win a sectional title.
In the first season in Class 1A, Dunker and Haverland continued their historic run becoming the first Geneseo doubles team to reach the second day of the state tournament.
However, Haverland and Dylan Hart are the only two returning varsity players from the sectional team a year ago.
Which means there are opportunities for younger players vying for time on the court.
“I told the guys this is your time to show us and help us figure out where to go and what to do,” Geneseo Coach Kevin Reed said.
Luke Chaney was the Maple Leafs most valuable player for the frosh/soph team.
Chaney and Josh Beeth finished in third place competing in No. 1 doubles at the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference frosh/soph meet.
Reed said Ryan Morgan and Carter Stephenson are another pair of sophomores who will be in the mix this season.
Morgan and Stephenson finished runner-up at the NIB 12 Conference meet in the No. 2 doubles bracket.
A freshman, Geneseo’s Mason Miller has established himself as a strong singles player.
The Maple Leafs return Griffin Tracey who finished fourth No. 1 singles at conference, and Danny Ford a sixth-place finish at No. 2 singles last season.
“I think this year it’s not going to be cut and dry,” Reed said. “We are going to have to go from match to match and put pieces together and kind of see who works well that week.”
Geneseo at Rock Island
The Maple Leafs swept the Rocks 9-0 in a dual meet on March 27.
A senior, Haverland cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles, and Miller picked up a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 2 singles.
Tracey battled his way to a 4-6, 6-3, (10-6) singles win, and Hart fought his way to a 6-4 4-6 (10-6) win.
Brandon Gallagher cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win, and Chaney finished off the singles sweep with a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
Gallagher and Hart teamed up for a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 doubles, and the Leafs’ Haverland and Ford nailed down a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 2 doubles.
Chaney and Nathan Curran cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 3 doubles.
Maple Leafs’ tennis roster
Coach: Kevin Reed. Assistant coaches: Nate Fonck and Cody Mighell.
2018 Geneseo tennis schedule
April 4 Geneseo at United Township United Township High School 4:30 p.m.
April 5 Ottawa at Geneseo Richmond Hill Tennis Courts 4 p.m.
April 10 Geneseo at Rochelle Rochelle High School 4:30 p.m.
April 12 LaSalle-Peru at Geneseo Richmond Hill Tennis Courts 4 p.m.
April 14 LaSalle-Peru F/S Invite LP Sports Complex 9 a.m.
April 17 Geneseo at Morris Morris High School 4:30 p.m.
April 18 Geneseo at Dixon Dixon High School 4:30 p.m.
April 19 Sterling at Geneseo Richmond Hill Tennis Courts 4 p.m.
April 21 PV Invitational Pleasant Valley High School 9 a.m.
April 24 Geneseo at Yorkville Yorkville High School 4:30 p.m.
April 26 DeKalb at Geneseo Richmond Hill Tennis Courts 4:30 p.m.
April 30 Princeton at Geneseo Richmond Hill Tennis Courts 4:30 p.m.
May 4 Moline Invite Moline High School 4 p.m.
May 5 Moline Invite Moline High School 8 a.m.
May 5 NIB 12 F/S Conference Rochelle High School 9 a.m.
May 7 Geneseo at Pleasant Valley Pleasant Valley High School 4 p.m.
May 8 Geneseo at Alleman Riverside Park, Moline 4:30 p.m.
May 12 NIB 12 Conference LP Athletic Complex 8 a.m.
May 18 Geneseo at Sectionals Sterling TBA
May 19 Geneseo at Sectional finals Sterling TBA
May 24 Geneseo at State TBA TBA