Last year’s record of 12-4 had its successes, but Matoaca tennis fell a bit short of the team’s 2014 successes of a Conference 12...

Last year’s record of 12-4 had its successes, but Matoaca tennis fell a bit short of the team’s 2014 successes of a Conference 12 championship. With a roster full of returns and an exciting freshman coming aboard, coach Max Ramirez will look to guide the Warriors back to the promised land. As of a press time, they have gotten off to a 2-0 start with wins over Colonial Heights and Hopewell.

1. Connor Thomas, junior

Thomas is a very skilled player who loves to win. He can compete with the best players in Conference 12 and could challenge for a championship.

2. Blake Miles, senior

The captain of Matoaca’s boys tennis team. A power player, he is very aggressive on the court. A natural leader, he’s the most experience player on the squad and leads with pride.

3. Chewon Kim, freshman

One reason to be excited this season is what coach Max Ramirez called “probably the most skilled freshman” that has come to Matoaca in years. Already consistent as a player, he should be a force for years to come.

4. Kevin Shaw, junior

Ramirez called Shaw his “MVP” last year, only falling in one match all season. While he’s not the most aggressive player, he is a formidable defender and is consistent.

5. Collin Everhart, junior

While being new to tennis, Everhart has shown a great grasp for the game early. Ramirez has noted improvements with each practice and like Shaw is a great defensive player.

6. Michael Dove, senior

Ramirez called Dove “a great athlete at the net.” His coach also cited that as his confidence builds, so does his level of play.

After spring break, Matoaca has two old central district match-ups. The first, with Thomas Dale at home on April 5. The second against Prince George on the road, April 7.