Alyssa Hayes is the fourth Whitman-Hanson Regional High boys’ tennis head coach in as many seasons. That’s a trend she hopes to end.
New Whitman-Hanson Regional High boys’ tennis head coach Alyssa Hayes is looking to establish stability to the program.
Hayes, a 2012 W-H graduate who played tennis all four years in high school and was a captain her senior season, marks the team’s fourth head coach in as many seasons.
“I really just want to see some consistency and kind of give them the confidence that this year, hopefully they can make tourney and go a little bit further than they have in the past,” Hayes said. “We have some key returning players and some decent new players that I think will start to carry the team as well.
“I think consistency is so important in any sport, in any classroom, so if I can give them that consistency and kind of just make sure that they know practice is important, matches are important, being here is important, that it’ll kind of carry forward into their matches.”
Hayes inherits a veteran core of eight players back in the fold from last season’s team that finished 7-11 under T.J. Ostrander.
“I came in and with everyone returning, it was nice to see the friendship and the teamwork that they have,” Hayes said. “I think strengthening that is going to be important and just kind of watching them grow together as a team. I know tennis is sometimes considered a singles sport, but if they can put that teamwork there and play together as well then I think they’ll do well.”
Sophomore Brian Fox and senior captain Tyler Rice (2017 Patriot League All-Star) will both compete in No. 1 and 2 singles while senior captain Eric Muha will likely be getting the nod for third singles.
The doubles teams will be seniors Sean Leahy and Jason Bannon at first and then junior Matt Hickey (2017 Patriot League All-Star) and freshman Brendan Nehiley at second.
The Panthers will begin play Thursday, April 5 when they play host to Silver Lake at 3 p.m.
“I want to see some growth,” Hayes said. “It’s nice to see some younger kids come out and see where we’ll be at. We’ve got five seniors so kind of training the younger kids that next year we’re not going to have those seniors anymore so we have to see where they can go and then of course to make the tournament. I know the boys want to work really hard to get into the tournament this year.”