If Kim Collins is walking around with a little bounce in her step through the hallways at Pittston Area High School, the Spanish teacher as a good reason. With two wins this week over MMI and Berwick her boy’s tennis team finished the regular season in second place with a 9-2 record in the Wyoming Valley Conference AAA division, just a game behind 10-1 Crestwood.
As of press time, Coach Collins is now waiting word to see if they qualify for team districts.
This season’s success, after going 2-10 and 5-7 the last two seasons, has been due mainly to the fact that she has a team with tons of talent and the best part is most of them will be returning next year.
The big difference from this group of tennis players from others she’s coached that has had successful seasons is offseason play.
“This is new,” said Collins. “I haven’t boys in quite a few years who enjoy the game enough to play outside the months of the tennis season.”
Another key factor in this year’s success is steady play. “They play the same kind of tennis that they know, regardless of the opponent,” stated Collins. “Whether it’s a Wyoming Seminary type player, a power hitter or a backboard type of player, they play their game.”
Leading the attack are twins Trent and Tyler Woodruff playing No.1 and 2 singles respectively.
The Woodruff brothers are all-year round players that really enjoy the game.
Both boys have been taking lessons from tennis pros throughout the area. They began playing tennis at the age of 12.
“Our dad’s best friend Charlie Dominick gave us racquets,” said Tyler. The boys haven’t looked back since taking plenty of lessons, clinics, and of course, competing against each other.
Trent has the winning edge over his brother but Tyler is on his heels. When asked what Tyler has to do to overcome his brother and the answer was simple, “get in his head.”
Trent finished the regular season at 9-2 while Tyler ended up 7-3.
Ending the season with the best winning record was the No.3 singles player, senior Jeremy Homschek at 10-1.
PA would not be successful without the strength of their doubles teams. Coach Collins’ No.1 team is comprised of Suraj Pursnani/Terry Briggs and Christian Charney/Jonathon Durling at No.2.
With the season winding down, the Woodruff twins are looking forward to plenty of tennis in their future which includes playing in college, but for now, they are geared up for playoffs and tennis districts.
As for Coach Collins, that bounce in her step could very well last for an entire year with all but two seniors returning for next year’s tennis season.