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Castle Tennis Prepares For Postseason

The Knights look to improve after falling in regionals last year.

Posted: Sep 27, 2020 10:48 PM

2020 has forced high school athletes to make adjustments to their routines, and the Castle Tennis team has had to adapt in ways of their own.

"The biggest change has been no over nights this year, so that is a significant change and kind of a bummer for the guys because going on the over nights is a big deal and that's a lot of fun," said Castle Head Tennis Coach Craig Bottorff.

"Getting into the high school season has kind of made me realize just how different this all is because we are just losing a lot of those team building, camaraderie type things like overnights in the hotel," said Castle Senior Jackson Welp.

With the regular season wrapping up on Saturday, the Knights have officially concluded the season with a mark of 16-2.

"We've got a really good group of guys, a good senior class, we've been playing together for four years now and we really push each other and that really helps us excel as a team overall, said Castle Senior Aneesh Alapati.

"There's a lot of really good chemistry and they are just a hardworking team. It's the first team I've had rally in all my years of coaching where pretty much all of them play in the off season and worked hard during the off season. they get along well it's just a cohesive group," said Bottorff.

But if you ask the team, there is still work to be done. Castle's season ended in regionals last season and with 7 seniors graduating this year, the knights want this last dance together to be special.

"We're just really looking to leave a legacy before we move on and we all just kind of realize this is our last chance to do something special this year so we're all really trying to make it count," said Welp

"We're coming back hungrier just better overall. Everybody's better than last year. We all do everything better and we're just looking to make a deep postseason run I think we can make it so state," said Alapati.

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