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Boys tennis preview: Glenbard North's Krzyzaniak looks to make fourth state appearance


Glenbard North

Coach: Douglas Clark

Top players:

Matt Krzyzaniak sr. singles

Matt Mistro sr. singles

Anthony Grandinetti sr. doubles

Kevin Lim jr. singles

Vishal Patel sr. doubles

Krishna Parikh sr. doubles

Chandra Subramanian sr. doubles

What to watch: The Panthers return seven players with vast varsity experience, beginning with No. 1 singles player Matt Krzyzaniak. A four-year varsity performer, the senior is a three-time state qualifier and one of the top singles players in the DuPage Valley Conference.

Fellow four-year varsity player Matt Mistro is slotted in at No. 2 singles while junior Kevin Lim is at No. 3. Handling first doubles is senior Anthony Grandinetti, who played singles last spring, and senior Vishal Patel. Fellow seniors Krishna Parikh and Chandra Subramanian will play together at No. 2 doubles.

“As a team I am looking for us to place somewhere between third and fifth in the DVC,” said Glenbard North coach Doug Clark. “I see the two Napervilles battling it out for first and second and then us and the two Wheatons vying for the next three spots.

“I believe for us to be successful this year our doubles will be the key. We have three solid doubles teams, but they are all playing with new partners this season.”

Glenbard West

Coach: Jim Valleskey

Top players:

Jack Kellenberger sr. doubles

Kenny Reick sr. doubles

Steven Hanna so. singles

Jacob Koch sr. singles

Nate Dell fr. singles

What to watch: Coming off a 2012 season in which they went 11-6 in dual meets and finished third at the Naperville North sectional, the Hilltoppers have a strong core in place.

Glenbard West returns nine players to the fold from a year ago, including the doubles team of seniors Jack Kellenberger and Kenny Reick. Also back is sophomore Steven Hanna, who was an all-conference performer at No. 2 singles, and senior Jacob Koch, who enters his fourth year on varsity.

A newcomer to keep an eye on is freshman Nate Dell, who takes over at No. 1 singles position from state qualifier Matt Hirsch, who has since graduated.

“A strong team effort could allow them to finish fourth in the WSC behind state powerhouses Hinsdale Central, Oak Park and Lyons Township,” said Glenbard West coach James Valleskey. “The boys play in one of the toughest sectionals in the state. They will need to continue to improve during the season to qualify for state and finish higher than their third-place (sectional) finish last year.”

West Chicago

Coach: Sione Moeaki

Top players:

Sam Rylowicz sr.

Scott Weist jr.

Les Ramirez sr.

Jacob Urban so.

What to watch: Small in numbers, the Wildcats will look to improve throughout the spring season.

Seniors Sam Rylowicz and Les Ramirez, junior Scott Weist and sophomore Jacob Urban are the team’s most experienced players.

“We have a very small team,” said coach Sione Moeaki, “but we work hard each day to improve and to understand the fundametal basic skills. These players are motivated and practice hard every day.

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