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Updated: 02/15/2017 08:30:03AM

Streaks net win in opener

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Sebring's Pranav Ananthan prepares to hit a forehand in Monday's match.

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Sebring's Dhruv Manik follows through after a shot in Monday's match.

By ALLEN MOODY

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At this point in the season new Sebring boys tennis coach Ryan Myhre is just looking for improvement. But wins are nice any time of the year, so he was more than happy to see the Blue Streaks defeat Okeechobee 7-0 in Monday’s opening match of the year.

“Right now we’re just kind of looking to build on the fundamentals,” Myhre said. “In singles, we’re trying to get them to build the points. In doubles, we’re trying to get them up to the net and finishing the points up at the net.”

The Blue Streaks didn’t have any problem on Monday, as Dhruv Manik defeated Okeechobee’s Cade Pierce 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles and Pranav Ananthan came up with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Dylan Walker at No. 2 singles. Rohin Patel rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Raith Sales at No. 3 singles and Gavin Szoka defeated Sam Varrichio 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 4 singles slot. Sebring’s Dante Lopez won at No. 5 singles by default.

In doubles, Manik and Anathan teamed at No. 1 and defeated Pierce and Sales 6-0, 6-3, while Patel and Szoka defeated Walker and Varrichio 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 2 slot.

Also on the team are Yoan Amaro, LJ Pepper, Noah Roth and Miguel Ongsiako.

“We have a bunch of freshmen this year,” Myhre said. “We have one returning senior, one junior and one sophomore. The rest of our team is comprised of all freshmen this year. We’re a young team, but they’re experienced. It’s been neat to work with them. They’re what we call ‘court rats,’ they love tennis and love to be out on the courts. When we get done with practice they want to play more tennis.”

Myhre said a number of the players have grown up playing tennis together, so they’re pretty familiar with each other, making the transition to play doubles a bit easier.

“Right now it’s just kind of matching them up accordingly to what is going to be the best doubles team out there,” he said.

Right now, the goal is to get the team as much court time as possible.

“Since we are a little bit of a younger team we’re trying to get as many matches in as we can, whether that’s in-house or at some other place,” Myhre said.

Myhre said he was excited for the season.

“I’m blessed to be a part of the team,” he said. “I’m new to the area, a new coach this year, I came from Fargo, North Dakota, and am just really blessed to inherit a good bunch of young guys who love to play tennis.”


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