Nathan Mormino, Austin Vuurman, and Tyler West are three up-and-comers that could play a significant role for the Quakers this season.
“Nathan did more off-court work in the offseason than anyone else and that usually translates into confidence,” Epkey said. “Austin practiced more on his own in the offseason than he ever had before. Tyler is a tremendously gifted incoming freshman for us who may contribute at the varsity level this year and certainly has great potential for years to come.”
For the first time in more than 30 years, a different coach will be patrolling the area between Avon’s tennis courts. Robert Mize takes over for Stan Malless this season and understands he has big shoes to fill.
“The transition has been relatively smooth,” Mize said. “I had a great opportunity to work with many of the players this summer at tennis camp. Former coach Malless and current Athletic Director Brad Holsinger has been supportive since Day 1. I couldn’t have asked for better partners during this transition.
Seniors Mark Bode, Tyler Habig, Nick Fales, and Vitor Hara are expected to lead this season’s team.
The Orioles graduated five players from a year ago, opening up significant varsity minutes. Mize said his squad is very versatile and could play singles or doubles and that he’s made decisions on a majority of his open positions.
“Habig, juniors Nathan Kesling, Alex Meronk, and Nate Toney, and sophomore Ryan Lingle are currently locked into five of the seven top spots,” he said. “The team is so evenly skilled that they are currently battling it out for top varsity positions.”
Avon hosts five of its first six matches and also hosts the sectional and regional this season.
“This will give a very young team time to get their legs under them before going on the road for eight out of nine matches,” Mize said. “The goal is to be playing our best tennis at the end of the season. Since the sectional and regional are being played in Avon, we would love to make the most of home court advantage.”