Comets Remain Undefeated in 2012
Mason boy's varsity tennis, like many other Comet athletic teams this year, is enjoying one of their best seasons in program history. Thru 8 matches the Comets are undefeated and sit atop the GMC standings with a 6-0 record. The team is not only riding a winning streak, but completely shutting down their opponents. Since a season opening 3-2 win against a talented Sycamore squad, the team has produced a string of seven straight match wins without losing a single game (5-0). The win over the perennial GMC powerhouse Aviators was a program first.
"Our team is strong and we have very good depth at singles," commented Mason head coach Linda Kirtley. "We have a variety of players, freshman--seniors, former state participants and doubles expertise. Team leadership is one key to our success. With four seniors on the team, their leadership motivates everyone to work hard. They all have the desire to win."
The key ingredient to the teams success is the players themselves. They have prepared for the season by honing their skills, fitness and mental toughness. Miguel Cepeda at first singles and Colin Heim, David Speiers and Young-Jin Kang at doubles have made important contributions. Nick Scweppe has been on the sidelines due to a shoulder injury and is ready to return to play this week.
"Our tennis boosters/parents are very important to our success, too," said Kirtley. "They are supportive in many big and small ways that includes, among other things, providing spirit wear, drinks, and snacks. On game days, they enthusiastically cheer us on. Additionally our Mason Athletic Department has also supported us on many levels.
The Comets are vying for their first GMC Boy's Tennis title. They have remaining dual matches versus Oak Hills (today, 4/18), Lakota West and Lakota East. The GMC Championships will once again be hosted at Mason on Thursday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 5th. The last Comet league championship was in the 2007 season when they won the FAVC Buckeye Division.
Mason will compete in the Coaches’ Classic Tournament beginning Thursday, April 19th. The Comets garnered four out of five first seeds in Flight A, also an all-time first for the tennis program. Mason will be the only team in the tourney to enter 5 squads. The next big dual match on the schedule is Monday, April 23rd when they host Springboro in Round 2 of the State Team Tournament.
Congratulations to all the players and coaches...GO COMETS!