Varsity Boys Tennis Team Expects to Achieve Success


Strategic serves, strenuous smashes, flawless forehands and back-breaking backhands. Just a few things you may see from the RHS varsity boys tennis team if you ever find yourself behind Earle B. Wood MS. The classic underdog team projects to have another successful season this spring.
Last season’s team managed to finish the season 7-4 with only 11 players.
” We had just enough people to play [last year], but this year we have lots of new additions,” sophomore singles player Nick Shropshire said. “We lost a lot of good seniors, but there are a lot of good freshmen and a couple seniors who came out this year.”
New additions to the team include freshmen Renzo and Franco Ferruzo, brothers of tennis player alumnus Sebastian Ferruzo (“15). The twins have been playing for four years, with Renzo specializing in singles tournaments and Franco in doubles tournaments. Both Ferruzos, along with other new players, are expected to fill the void of last season’s seniors.
Number one singles player senior Andre Sturniolo hopes to lead the team to a division title for his fourth and final season as a RHS athlete. Sturniolo plans on attending the University of Maryland Eastern Shore next year to play Division I tennis.
Along with returning upperclassmen, the team also has some newcomers.
“I felt tennis would be a good way to try something new,” senior Brandon Geddes said. “I know I’m going to have fun no matter what the results are, but I also want to be able to consider myself a serious contender looking to win.”
Being unable to win close matches was the Achilles’ heel of last season’s team. With a bigger and more experienced team, this is hopefully a thing of the past.
“I have extremely high expectations for this season with the new and returning players,” varsity boys tennis coach Frank Weaver said. “We need to finish strong.”
The boys’ season opener will be March 21 against Springbrook HS at home.