After their first trip through the Liberty District, the Madison boys tennis team sits with 6-1 record on the season. Led by strong doubles play, the Warhawks have most recently beaten South Lakes, 8-1, and Stone Bridge, 9-0.
“So far, our strength is definitely in our doubles,” said head coach Glenn Adams. “This is my seventh year and we are probably doing better in doubles than any of my seven years.”
Freshman Dan Sablik and sophomore Eric Leeson, whom Adams calls “natural doubles players”, have teamed with No. 1 singles senior Justin Plymack and No. 2 junior Sam Shroder to form a tough one-two punch in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. The Warhawks have used a rotating cast at No. 3 doubles.
“Frankly, I have players all the way to number 15 in the lineup that aren’t much drop off from number six,” said Adams.
The Warhawks haven’t dropped a No. 2 and No. 3 doubles match, as well as a No. 6 singles match, this year. The Warhawks have only fallen once at No. 4 and No. 5 singles.
“Our team does not have superstars, but with this team, typical of Madison teams in the past, our depth is what carries us,” said Adams.
The Warhawks received a nice boost against Stone Bridge, as Plymack returned from an injury that sidelined him for three matches.
Plymack is the only senior on the young Warhawks, causing people to ask Adams if he is looking forward to an older squad next year.
“I say, ‘Hey, we have a good shot this year.’ I want to focus on that,” said Adams.