Going into the season, Indian River High School boys’ tennis coach Mariano Woo had expectations of finishing with a winning record and picking up a third straight Henlopen Athletic Conference (HAC) South Division title.
Expectations became reality.
The Indians capped their 2019 campaign on a five-match win streak to finish the season 9-4 overall, as well as a 6-3 conference mark, which was good enough to lay claim to their three-peat on South Division titles.
“As hoped for when we spoke at the beginning of the season, we were able to realize this year’s expectations, finishing with a winning record and a three-peat as South Division champions,” an elated Woo said. “As their coach, I am so proud of they have accomplished.”
Woo recently announced his retirement from the program, and what a wonderful way to go out.
At the HAC Championships, IR fared very well, with a pair of doubles teams finishing in the top three in their respective brackets. Caesar Rodney swept all six brackets — three singles and three doubles — to take home the team title.
IR’s first doubles duo of Yves Graf and Brian Quezada were the closest to taking down a Riders entry, falling 6-0, 6-0 in the finals. The second doubles tandem of freshmen Dane Stewart and Blake Morgan finished third, defeating Lake Forest’s Mike Charney and Dan Emery.
Senior Juan Linares was the top finishing singles player for the Indians, with a fourth-place result at third singles.
On the girls’ side of things, IR was unable to finish any of their players in the top four as Dover — like CR in the boys’ matchup — swept all six brackets for the team title.
By Jason Feather