In her first season, Douglass will undertake a tough task. The Warriors return just three letterwinners from last season’s team and have just one senior and a pair of juniors on the roster. Douglass, though, is taking a glass-half-full approach and welcomes the challenge.
“Having a young team, our goal for this season is to create depth as well as solid tennis techniques and skills,” she said. “This year is filled with many new things for us and we are all excited for the season to start.”
Douglass has a pretty good grasp on how she wants to build her program.
“In the words of Vince Lombardi, ‘The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand,’” she said.
Returning to the Warriors this season are junior Ben Wiese and sophomores James Kulko and Lee Miller. Senior Jacob Crislip and junior Aaron Ball will help provide leadership. Sophomores Dylan Bland, Kevin Maurer, Madeline Smith, Dustin Thompson and Anthony Jackson and freshmen David Santee and Max Barbo will gain valuable experience.
A thought few like to ponder is the Eagles lost just one seniors from a team that was 19-2 and was perfect once again in the Premier Athletic Conference last season.
Seniors Jacob Groce, Ford Carlisle, Adam Gruber, Joe Roney and Dakota Craft, junior Anthony Barszczewski and sophomores Brent McFarland and Brock Ebersole all played some kind of role in the Eagles’ 2012 season and all are back ready to continue the proud Geneva tradition.
Coach Phil Dubsky will tinker with the lineup until he finds just the right mix. Important in that pursuit will be just how well the Eagles take to the idea that they need to work together in order for the season to be a success.
“As always, senior leadership will be the most important barometer,” Dubsky said. “Getting our lineup correct will be important and putting the right doubles combinations together and having them gel will be key. Having our players come together in pursuit of a common cause will determine our individual and collective fates.”
Sophomore Josh Roney and freshmen Louis Murphy, Mike Keenan, Mitchell Felde, Ben Gruber, Zach Stehura and Derek Studer are all well versed in the Geneva tradition and will look to make their marks.
There’s simply no other way to put it than to say the Eagles, as always, will be the top contender in the PAC. That doesn’t mean the rest of the league will roll out the red carpet for them.
“We would have to be the favorites,” Dubsky said. “South will have the best No. 1 singles player from last year returning and also the best third singles player from last year. Lakeside has a solid nucleus returning and Chardon is always competitive.”