Western Reserve Academy honors tennis players

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The Western Reserve Academy boys tennis team posted a 14-2 record in 2014 during a season that included an 11-match winning streak.

The Pioneers were led by recent graduate Grant MacPherson , who was named the team's Most Valuable Player.

"After an 0-2 start to the year, Grant showed the true qualities of an MVP as he rallied back to post a record of 12-3 in dual matches," said head coach Sebastien Glinzler. "Grant played first singles against some of the area's toughest competition and we would not have reached our season-ending record without him. He is the player who made our team."

The Most Improved Player Award was presented to recent graduate Charles Pearlman.

"Charles secured a spot on the junior varsity team last year and when tryout day rolled around this spring, there he was, ready to start his quest for a spot on the varsity," Glinzler said.

"After our first match of the season, we adjusted our doubles team and found a match between Charlie and [senior] Dan Wagstaff. Charlie made an incredible impact on our doubles lineup as he and Dan put together a record of 11-5 at their position."

Recent graduate Harold Zhu, a Hudson resident, earned the Coaches/Spirit Award.

"This award defines the core values of our team: Incorporating all his teammates at team activities, positive encouragement on and off the court, and maintaining a positive attitude at all times," Glinzler said. "Harold not only fulfilled those benchmarks - he surpassed them.

"I often observe a unity between Harold and not only the tennis team, but the entire school. With an 11-5 record this season, he kept a positive attitude throughout the season that helped the team."

Senior Brock Sutton has been named team captain for the 2015 season.

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