With only three matches remaining on its 2012 schedule, the high-flying Rams men’s tennis team is undefeated with a record of 9-0, and the team is at the top of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) standings.
“The number one factor in our success has been balance,” said head coach Steve Counihan. “Our top six players are very talented and pretty even in what they can do.”
Leading the way for Suffolk has been senior captain and number one player Christopher Staley of London, England. “Chris is a good all-around player, in both singles and doubles,” said Counihan. “He is athletic, consistent, and has real good speed. He’s the guy who makes us go.”
Other key performers for the Rams include freshman Marc Winkler, who was ranked one of the top junior players in Venezuela at the age of 14; sophomores Aaron Lau of Hong Kong and Drew Reilly of Boston; and seniors Harlan Strader of Marblehead,and Albert Buruga, who is originally from Romania.
“We have many international players on the team, and everyone really cares about each other,” said Counihan, who is assisted by Nick Trautz. “They come to practice every day and work really hard. They want to make each other better. And during matches, everyone pulls for one another and cheers each other on.”
The team has won the GNAC title in each of the past four seasons.
“I’m hoping for the best,” said Counihan. “We have a very cohesive unit, and that’s one of the main reasons for our success.”