The boy’s tennis program at Cinnaminson High School has experienced a litany of success over the past handful of years and new head coach Mike Fries is looking for much of the same in 2015.
Fries takes over for Mike Perekupka, but with a strong foundation in place, there should be no limit in how far this team can go.
“I am expecting us to continue the tradition of success and how they have won the division the past five years. They have the ability to do it because they are a great bunch of kids. What Perekupka built here, I hope to continue the tradition,” Fries said.
The Pirates recorded 15 wins in 2014 and advanced to the Central, Group 2 quarterfinals.
The Pirates will be young this year as the singles field features one junior and two sophomores. The doubles feature one senior, one junior, one freshman and one sophomore.
With all of this youth, Fries is excited for how well this team can develop, “It’s very exciting. The kids are great. They work hard and I’m hoping to continue the tradition of success that is already in place here.”
Delran and Holy Cross will bring the toughest competition to the Pirates this season within the division as Moorestown will be their toughest out-of-division competitor.
The Pirates dropped their two matches to Moorestown in 2014.
The Pirates recorded an undefeated season in the division in 2014 and will look to do much of the same in 2015.
“We just keep working hard. The kids know that teams are out there to get them, especially Delran, who wants to win the division. The boys want to beat Delran again this year. We are just focusing on one game at a time and trying not to get ahead of ourselves either.”
The first match against Delran will take place on the road on Friday, April 10 at 3:45.
As with many of the spring sports, tennis has not had the opportunity to hold many practices or scrimmage any other teams. In fact, tennis was not able to scrimmage at all during the pre-season.
The Pirates did hold a bunch of challenge matches internally this week to prepare for the season opener against Palmyra today on the road at 3:30.