Wyoming Area boys tennis team gains in numbers, drop in terms of experience

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
Wyoming Area’s Justin Alder puts away a high ball at the net against Patriot Mike Mazurkivich during last year’s tennis season. Alder returns to the Warriors’ roster this year. - Tony Callaio file photo | For Sunday Dispatch

The Wyoming Area boys tennis team continues to grow in number of participants, but the Warriors enter the 2018 season as an inexperienced group.

“Every one of the past three years, the team has grown, so that’s a positive step,” said Warriors coach Bill Roberts, who is working with a roster of 13 players after not having enough for a team match in 2015 and not having any substitutes for the seven-player lineup in 2016.

The Warriors do have to find ways to replace seven graduated seniors.

Junior Justin Alder is back for his third season as starter and second as the number-one singles player.

Senior Michael Abromovage was one of the team’s doubles players last year and will remain there while moving up from the second to the first position.

Much of the rest of the team is new to high school tennis and some are new to the sport as a whole.

“With all the new players, it’s going to be a teaching and learning year,” Roberts said. “I’m expecting good things next year. They’re very athletic so I won’t say that they can’t win this year, but it’s tough because most have never played tennis before.”

Junior Nick Perry will hold a singles position and senior Zeb Chisdock could land the other. Chisdock was a regular in the lineup two years ago and part of last year’s team.

Chisdock is one of five seniors on the squad, joining Alex Abruso. Anthony DeAngelo, Steven Dymond and Michael Karsko. Dymond has some varsity match experience.

With another full week of preparation left, Roberts said the remaining doubles players remain to be determined.

Wyoming Area opens league play March 26 at Hazleton Area.

Again playing without a home court, the Warriors were able to schedule three “home” matches at Pittston Area and will play all their other matches on the road.

Wyoming Area’s Justin Alder puts away a high ball at the net against Patriot Mike Mazurkivich during last year’s tennis season. Alder returns to the Warriors’ roster this year.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_Tennois5.CMYUK_.jpgWyoming Area’s Justin Alder puts away a high ball at the net against Patriot Mike Mazurkivich during last year’s tennis season. Alder returns to the Warriors’ roster this year. Tony Callaio file photo | For Sunday Dispatch

By Tom Robinson

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