YORK, PA - The York College men’s tennis team looks to the 2010 season with a new coach, new faces and a fresh start. The Spartans hope to continue to build on the program’s success over recent years.
York introduced new head coach Ryan Weber in June of 2009 as the successor to previous head coach Mark Ludwig. Ludwig had led the Spartans over the previous 11 seasons, including a 2009 campaign that ended with a 10-8 record with a 4-2 result in Capital Athletic Conference action.
Weber enters the season having coached the women’s team
for the past two seasons. Spartan
tennis players, familiar with Weber during his time as an assistant with the squad, will continue to look to Weber for his immense knowledge on the court.
The 2009 campaign for the Spartans included a six-match winning streak that was halted in the CAC semifinals against then-seventh ranked Salisbury. York now looks to build on last season’s success with a core of returning players and a few new additions to the roster.
Despite losing three of the top six singles players from the 2009 squad, the Green and White should be successful in the upcoming season with their depth of the roster.
“We have the players capable of filling those positions
and picking up wins throughout the
singles lineup,” Weber said. “We have always been relatively deep and I think it remains true with this year’s squad.”
Co-captains Paul Graci and Steve
Collison, both seniors, will look to lead the program
season. Graci and Collison have been a part of the Spartans success as each has seen significant time in the singles lineup as well as on the doubles court, including an 11-5 record as a pair in 2009.
Graci begins the year as York’s top-choice for the #1 singles slot. The Spartans’ #2 last year, Graci will bring quality experience to the top of the lineup. An offseason injury sidelined Graci during the fall but he has recovered and is ready for a strong 2010.
“He is determined to overcome the injury and lead the team,” Weber said of Graci. “He brings the same determination to the court and is one of the best counter-punchers I have seen.”
Collison embarks on the final season of his Spartan career looking to build on last year’s 12-6 mark. Collison is known for his forehand, and is celebrated as “extremely athletic and powerful” by coach Weber.
Along with the two Spartan seniors the team returns juniors Colin Jones, Travis Klein, Justin Hostetter, Ryan Harvey, and Phil Myers. Rounding out the roster is sophomore James Villari, along with freshmen Eric Cooperman and Keith Welch.
Paul Graci photo courtesy of Scott Guise
Men's Tennis Preview written by Garrett Wampler - sports information student-intern