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A Solid Foundation for Vicksburg Tennis

By Travis Smola

The Vicksburg men’s tennis team wrapped up its season with a 4-7-4 overall record this season.

Just a year removed from losing a bunch of contributing seniors, head coach Warner Offord is pleased with how the Bulldogs performed. “We had a pretty good season, we didn’t do too badly this year,” Offord said.

The team wrapped up its season with a fourth place finish at Conference and a fifth place finish in the Regional tournament. No. 1 singles player Bryce O’Neill took fourth and honorable mention in conference play. No 3 singles player John Hughes also took a fourth place finish and honorable mention.

The No.2 doubles team also shined at conference as Caleb Fort and Connor Seifert took third and honorable mention.
There were a few difficult matches along the way for the team. At the Grandville Bulldog Open on September 26, Vicksburg lost 8-0 against Grandville, Holt and St. Joseph. But the week prior to that, they came away with an 8-0 victory against Dowagiac.

Most of the matches the Bulldogs played were pretty close. Offord said they just need to work on some things to turn a few of their closer losses this year around.

In the midst of many Vicksburg teams going through rebuilding seasons this year, the men’s tennis team may have the most successful of the bunch. Offord already sees a promising-looking future.

While the team will lose four seniors, Offord is excited about what some upcoming freshmen will bring to the table. “It’s going to be a different story next year,” Offord said.

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