31 March 2010
This year the Fluco boys’ tennis team has a veteran line-up. Five of the six singles slots are filled by seniors.
However, “veteran” is a relative term for tennis players in Fluvanna. Several of the Flucos’ Jefferson District opponents field players who have been playing tennis for much longer than any of the Fluco’s “veterans”. Coach Jason Davis has senior Greg Goldie in his number one singles slot and Goldie was new to the tennis program last year. Teaming with Goldie on the first doubles team is his younger brother, junior Jon Goldie. Jon is new to the tennis program this season. He also plays in the number five singles slot.
Playing in the second and third singles slots for the Flucos are seniors Trevor Reilly and Ryan Ernst. These two played at third and fourth singles last year. Like Greg Goldie, they have moved up in position due to the graduation of last year’s number one singles player, Matt Skrobonski. Reilly and Ernst also will be combining this year to hold down the second doubles team slot. This year, the fourth singles slot is currently held by senior Cesar Soto, who moves up from sixth singles last year. Sixth singles this year is senior James Wagley. Soto and Wagley are the third doubles team as the squad opens its season.
Coach Davis has a number of younger players waiting in the wings. Some of these players may challenge the seniors above them as the season progresses. Sophomores who return to the program from last season include: Caleb Blevins, Brendan Otten and Jason Clark. There are also four players in the mix who are new to the program. They are: sophomore transfer, Kyle Day and freshmen Jake and Daniel Welsh and Michael Solar.
The boys’ tennis team lost its opening match at home against non-Jefferson District opponent Powhatan County by an 8-1 score. However, Coach Davis was not discouraged, as he noted that Powhatan won its district last season, and five of the eight matches that Fluvanna lost were closely contested.
In their second match, the team again fell to a non-Jefferson district opponent, losing at home to Randolph-Henry High School by a 6-3 score. In this match, the Goldie brothers each won their singles matches with Greg triumphing 8-2 and Jonny scoring a close 8-6 victory. Fluvanna’s other point was recorded by the number two doubles team of Reilly and Wagley. They won in a tight contest by a 9-7 score. Coach Davis note that in this match, as well, several of the points that the Flucos lost were closely contested and the team could easily have won this match if a game or two had gone the other way.
As Jefferson District play begins for the Flucos, Coach Davis said that he believes his squad will be competitive with teams from Orange County, Louisa County and Goochland County. However, the team has some very tough competition in Western Albemarle -- the three time defending state champion -- and Monticello High School, which Coach Davis said would probably be a perennial district champion, were it not for Western Albemarle. Coach Davis said that Charlottesville High School may also be at a level above his team.
Coach Davis wished to again thank the Lake Monticello Owners Association for making its tennis facilities available to the Fluco boys’ team. Without access to the LMOA courts the Fluvanna boys’ team could not exist.