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Tennis ‘Dogs causing a racket this spring

By on April 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm

Pictured is senior Waterloo tennis player Ryan Stites, who is 5-3 in singles and 4-4 in doubles this spring. (John Spytek photo)

The Waterloo High School boys tennis team is 5-5 on the spring entering the home stretch of its season.

Head coach Brett Ivers said this is one of the largest teams he’s had in years, and that has come in handy.

“There has been plenty of player involvement,” Ivers said. “The numbers have helped because we have relied on nine different people to play the six singles spots. The numbers allow us to stay sharp and competitive in practice, and that has translated well to the matches.”

Only senior Ryan Stites entered the season with significant varsity experience, as Waterloo lost five of its top six players from last year.

Stites has a record of 5-3 in singles and 4-4 in doubles alongside sophomore Devin Biffar.

“Devin has made a huge improvement and continues to get strong in the middle of the lineup,” Ivers said. “Being paired with Stites in doubles has really helped his game. He has had great results this spring and I am optimistic about his role on the team in the future.”

Three seniors making the most of their opportunities at the varsity level this season are Connor Stierwalt, Nick Camerota and Collin Webb.

“(They) have provided stability with their leadership as returning players,” Ivers said…>>>

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Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.