Getting in the swing of things

Hornets go 7-0 in season opener


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Essex junior Matt Wu, who plays No. 1 doubles, watches his return go over the net during a game against Colchester on Saturday, where the hosting Hornets won 7-0.

After their first scheduled boys’ tennis match of the spring was postponed due to court conditions, the Hornets opened the 2014 season with a 7-0 win over visiting Colchester on Saturday.

With the loss of the team’s No. 1 singles player, four-time state champion David Ro, and four other seniors to graduation last May, the Hornet’s 2014 ladder looks a bit different from last year’s 17-2 semifinalists. But head coach Jim Murphy said that the team is still blessed with depth.

“Some team strengths this year should be overall depth,” he noted. “Also, we have very strong singles players at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, Daniel Ro and Evan Greer.”

Murphy, who’s entering his 15th year with the squad, said Essex’s goals this season are straight forward: to stay competitive and improve every match with hopes of laying claim to a state title.

“Our team goals are to improve throughout the season so that we’re playing our best tennis come the playoffs,” he explained. “Another team goal is to win the state championship. It will be difficult, especially because South Burlington, the defending champs, have a very good team again this year, but we hope to be able to compete with everyone.”

The Hornets hosted South Burlington on Wednesday, after press time, and will travel to Burlington to take on the Seahorses Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Kelly March