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MHS Boys Tennis Looking to Rebuild

As the 2015 season begins, the Milford High School boys tennis team has one common mission: work hard to rebuild the program.
"We are coming off one of our best seasons in recent years, but we did get hit by graduation and lost three talented players," head coach Dave Chaplin said. "We have some guys picking up racquets for the first time and guys who will be in the lineup who just started learning the game two years ago."
The Scarlet Hawks posted a 4-4 record in the Hockomock League's Davenport Division last year and the three senior captains on this spring's squad were a part of that success. One of those captains, Bryan Burley, will move to first singles in 2015 after posting a 14-2 record at third singles last year.
"Bryan is a critical player for us this year," Chaplin said. "If we are going to win, we will need some upsets at the top two spots and consistent, solid play from the rest of our lineup."
Burley is looking forward to competing as well as helping to bring along some of the younger players. "I want to improve as the season goes on and help the younger players do the same," he said. "I want to play the best tennis I can and maybe make a playoff push."
Jake Tamagni will play second singles for the Scarlet Hawks. He is also focused on working with some of the younger players and will be making a key transition for his game, from doubles play to singles. "I am looking forward to the change, I think my game will be able to transition well to singles," he said. "I just want to push all the new players to see their own potential. We want to advance the program and get the word out so that more players come out next year and we can continue to grow."
Junior Billy Nichols is in his second year at the varsity level and will likely slot in at third singles. Leading the way in doubles is senior captain Tommy DeWolfe, who has been a doubles player throughout his career. He has set the bar of expectation high for both his team and himself.
"We are building the program and I want to be a leader with Bryan and Jake to tell the new kids what we all expect," DeWolfe said. "Hopefully we can make the playoffs. For my doubles partner [Andrew Principe] and I, it's about trying to be one of the best doubles teams in the state. It's all about working hard."
Milford will need to work hard to compete in the Hockomock, one of the deeper tennis leagues in Eastern Mass. "Three summers ago, some of these guys were not playing tennis," Chaplin said. "Now they are in a varsity atmosphere against some of the best teams in the state and they are going to be challenged."
"I think it will be tough with a lot of new players, but once the season gets going we will grow more as a team," Tamagni added. "We will work harder and improve as a team, and hopefully we catch a few other teams by surprise."




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