EAST BEND — The Forbush men’s tennis team ended its season on a strong note, taking consecutive matches over Starmount and South Stokes the last week of the regular season.
They were the only two wins this season for the Falcons, but it is something to build on.
“I knew based on what we had coming back it was going to be a challenge,” first-year coach Matt Tuck said. “We were very low on experience.
“A lot of our kids were playing tennis for the first time in high school.”
Tuck said the biggest problem was “a lack of match experience. None of the guys played in the top six last year.
“But they played hard and they had a good attitude.”
Forbush opened its season with a 5-4 loss at Starmount. “The first match was disappointing,” Tuck said. “Starmount was in a similar position. To beat them at our place was a thrill.”
Tuck, 33, said his first season “was a learning experience for me; getting to know where they’re at.
“I think a lot of these guys are willing to make a commitment to it. They understand what it takes.”
Tuck was a two-time all-conference performer at Davie High in Mocksville. He was the team’s most valuable player his senior season. He said he is “here for the long haul. I know it’s been an issue keeping the same coach for an extended period of time.”
Tuck, as a student teacher, coached the men’s team in 2010. “I think having that stability and cohesion is important to the program. Right now we’re taking very small steps.
“I’m going to be working with some of the guys this summer. They’ll be going to some camps. You can make a world of improvement in just one year.
“We should be pretty competitive the next couple of years.”
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @elkinareasports.