Boys Varsity Tennis Wins Big this Season



Gigi Padalec, Staff Reporter

“Game, set, and match!” has been the story of the varsity boys tennis team this season. The Chiefs have had a highly successful regular season. They are undefeated, possibly due to the increased amount of players that joined the team this year, according to captain Deniz Kalfa (12).

“There are more experienced players, and although we have younger players on the team, in general they’re a lot more dedicated to winning and doing better,” said Kalfa.

The team holds an impressive 15-0 record against teams across Michigan, and for the first time since 2007, has won the Division 2 state championships. Okemos has been named the top team in Division 2 tennis and are ranked second in the state following behind Bloomfield Hills.

“ We beat the defending state champions [Midland Dow] 7-1. There’s really no team that’s big competition for us,” Kalfa said.

With the team’s recent win in the state tournament, they could potentially become the top team in the state.

With most of the team’s individual players performing undefeated, there are few teams in the state that can come close to the level of tennis the team is producing.

Ben Letzer (10), who plays one singles, has been a part of that success.

“We are a very energetic team and always help each other out when a person’s not playing well,  I think that plays a big part in how we win,” Letzer said.  “Good chemistry is hard to have in tennis because you usually play alone, but it’s so much fun when you play on a team.”

If energy is helping the team win repeatedly it sure is working. Spectators who visit a Chiefs tennis match can certainly tell the level of enthusiasm the players carry. Starting off with their team chant before each match, to cheering each other’s names, encouraging one another, the Chiefs spirit is always to be found.