After a memorable 2019 season, the Orange Lutheran boys tennis team is looking to build upon their success. The Lancers secured the Trinity League title and went on to the CIF-SS Division 3 Championships before falling in the quarter-final round to eventual champion San Juan Hills. OLu also claimed the Trinity League doubles title with Chris Sunshine ’19 and current junior Marcus Van Der Watt earning league MVP honors.
With this year’s roster, OLu tennis head coach Flavio Rueda is aiming to field strong singles and doubles teams, likely led by Van Der Watt, seniors Adam Rodriguez and Bryce Killoran, as well as junior Spencer Sidell. Additionally, a few JV players will be moving up to varsity to fill some key roles.
“After seeing improvement, we have some good JV players from last year who will move up and make a big difference,” says Rueda.
The program will field about 21 players across both the JV and varsity rosters, which means a lot of playing time and match experience on the court. Rueda has worked intentionally to structure the teams’ schedules to balance the workload, in hopes of maintaining consistency and strength throughout the season.
Last year’s success means the Lancers will compete in Division 1 this season, but their first order of business is to defend their Trinity League title, something Rueda believes this group can accomplish.
“My big goal [is] to have them work together, help each other, support each other and give 100 percent on the court,” says Rueda. “It’s about seeing the guys improving. We’re looking forward to getting that [Trinity League] championship again.”