Neil Bazaj | November 13, 2018
Over the past decade, the Greenhills Men’s tennis program has emerged as one of the most dominant teams in Michigan. They had won eight straight State Championships prior to the 2016 season, yet they came up short these last two years, finishing runner-up to the University of Liggett. This year’s tennis squad, however, blew through their Regional tournament and qualified for the State tournament with ease. Craving the championship that was eluding them, the team brought their A-game and won thirty-eight of a possible forty points. They returned to Greenhills with a State Championship trophy in hand, victorious at last after their two-year drought.
Trey Feldeisen, senior captain and four-year varsity player for the tennis team, explained why this season was different. Trey is the only member that remains from the last State Championship team before this one, and he believes that their ability to win came from their work ethic. “This team had a dedication to the offseason,” Trey told The Alcove. “Everyone was ready to work in the summer and that played a huge role in our ability to perform on the courts come season.”
Bonding had a significant impact as well. Trey said, “the team also supports each other and we frequently have team dinners and hang out together.” This closeness allowed for each member of the team to play at their highest level, knowing that they would be supported by their teammates regardless of outcome. These factors helped lead the team to an eventual State Championship.
The future is bright. The team looks ready to push for another State title next year and according to Trey, many players are currently playing in the offseason to hone their skills. Hopefully, this State Championship will be the start of another great streak, furthering the tennis dynasty that has already been established at Greenhills.