The boys had an eventful week with a round-robin with Lehi & Herriman on Tuesday, then the JV ventured down to St. George to play in the Duel in the Desert Tourney #2. It was a successful week, lots of match play and quality wins. AF defeated Lehi 5-0 (JV 5-0), and Herriman 4-1 (JV 5-0). Down in St. George, our JV guys played in the varsity draw against 14 other schools and ended up taking 3rd place, not too shabby since for most guys it was their first varsity experience.
This week we host Skyridge (Tuesday @ 2pm) and Westlake (Thursday @ 3pm). Sun should be out so bring a chair and come watch some good tennis as we hit the courts in our new match outfits.
This past weekend the boys varsity team tried to avoid the weather by heading down to St. George to play in the annual Duel in the Desert team tournament. The tournament had some strong teams entered so it was fun to see how our talent would compare. The weekend was full of fun playing tennis, Fortnite, Ping Pong, putt putt golf, and Pickleball. We had to navigate through a rain delay on Friday but made it through playing under the lights until 7:30 pm.
The boys played well enough to win their first three matches to get to the finals where they met a talented Lone Peak team. The Cavemen had some chances in a few of the matches but ended up losing to the Knights 0-5. Below are the match scores:
AF def. Bear River 5-0
AF def. Provo 4-1
AF def. Timpview 4-1
LP def. AF 5-0
This was an exciting weekend for AFHS! Congrats to the Boys Basketball team for bringing home a State Championship trophy, it's been a long 40 years since the last one. With the basketball season officially ending, we'd like to welcome those basketball players who are making the transition over to the tennis court.
Even though Monday is a NO SCHOOL day for the students, the teachers do have meetings. Practice is as usual, 2:30 - 4:30 for Varsity/JV and 4:00 - 5:00 for Practice Squad.
On the tournament page, there are various tournaments that most of the guys are set up to play in, if you don't see yourself don't worry, we'll get you some matches to play soon. With no school on Monday (March 4th), there should be ample time to get some matches in. Find out who you're supposed to play and get going early and see if you can get some matches in before your official practice time begins tomorrow.
There are usually lots of questions during the weekend about the ladder, practice times, ect. Many of those questions can be answered by looking at the website, which will be updated daily. When scores come in from matches, the website will be updated just make sure to report those scores using the Match Score Report button on the Ladders page.
The current ladder is not as accurate as it will be a month from now. Positions will get ironed out with the more matches that are played. It's important to remember that the purpose of the ladder is to play matches that replicate real match conditions, it's meant to give players experience and match play under stress. While the ladder helps coaches get a feel of how a player compares to the others on the team, Match Lineups are always left to the discretion of the coaches. Players should look to distinguish themselves from other players, the best way to do that is win matches convincingly. With so much competition on our team this year, the coaches are looking for players who stand out from the rest.
Check out the Squads tab to see what team you're on and what time to come to practice from now on. If you're on the Practice Squad you can play anyone within 5 spots of you. The Practice Squad rules will be updated this weekend along with each players spot on the ladder. Various round robin and tournaments will be set up throughout the year to determine where everyone ranks on the ladder. If someone is left off it's either that they aren't registered on Register My Athlete or that Coach Herrud messed up. Contact him here to let him know if you're not on the ladder.
When you do play a match, make sure to report your score using the link labeled "Match Report". You can view the match results as well.
We encourage everyone on the team to go support the Boys Basketball team as they take on Davis today at 4:10 at Weber State University in Ogden. If you can't attend, get some hitting in (weather permitting) at the courts. There is no official practice today or tomorrow with coaches but we encourage everyone to get as much hitting in as possible.
We've been lucky to have some decent weather the past few days, hopefully our luck will hold up for the remainder of the week. While we don't have our teams firmed up 100% we've gotten a decent look at most of the boys to have an idea of where they're at. Our Varsity/JV & Practice Squad ladders are are work in progress so we'll post those soon.
We won't have official practice tomorrow as many of the boys will be heading up to Weber State University to watch the Boys Basketball team play Copper Hills in the state quarterfinals, we encourage all the boys to go watch. For those who don't make it up, Coach Fairbanks will be at the courts at 2:30 to open up and hit with whoever is there.
Lastly, the Player/Parent meeting will begin at 7pm in the Media Center (Library). Park in front of the school on 600 East and you should be able to get in the side doors there. We'll be going over the nuts and bolts of our boys season and program expectations.
If you are 7th or 8th grader interested in playing tennis please sign up for the Reminders for Future Caveman Tennis players below. We'll keep you up to date about clinics, open courts, tournaments, and fun opportunities to become a better player. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Coach Herrud.
The Boys Tennis season kicks off Monday, February 25th of this year. Info meetings will be held this Friday, February 8th at lunch in Coach Herrud's room (#114) for those at the high school and on Tuesday, February 12th during CaveTime at the junior high in the Media Center.
Items to be discussed at the meetings:
Dear Friends, Family, Coaches, Students, Parents, Players and Cougar Fans,
As most of you know or have probably heard, in September I accepted the position of women’s tennis coach at BYU. It has been quite the adventure so far, and I am nothing but excited for the future of BYU women’s tennis. Especially the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of so many young athletes desiring to be GREAT!
Summer is just around the corner, and BYU tennis camp registration goes live this Thursday, January 17th at 8:00 am MST. My assistant, Dillon Porter, and I are anxious to be actively engaged during our four weeks of summer tennis camp at BYU. We are adding goal setting, mental toughness training, and a match preparation and strategy seminar. Throughout the week we will cover the fundamentals of stroke production, have station feeding, live ball drilling, and competitive games to work on consistency. Singles and doubles match play will be held in a fun and competitive team atmosphere, ending the week with a singles tournament on the final day.
The weeks of our camps will be the following…
July 29-August 2
Click here to REGISTER… www.byusportscamps.com
The ages for this camp are 12-18, but we can make special exceptions for younger ages with experience. Please feel free to reach out with any additional questions, comments, or concerns. Camps will fill quickly so don’t wait to register and pass this along to anyone that might be interested.
Bring your doubles partner, cousins and friends! Can’t wait to see you there! GO COUGS!!!
Holly Parkinson Hasler
Women’s Tennis Coach
Brigham Young University
Take a look at the schedule for the Duel in the Desert. Varsity will play in the 16 team compass draw while JV will play in separate tournaments for each division.