For Truckee boys, talent and class go hand in hand
First-year Truckee boys tennis coach Vicki Bobo and her helpful assistant, Zeke Straw, inherited a classy bunch.
“It’s been really a great experience,” Bobo said of her coaching duties. “The boys have been great, very respectful. They do everything Zeke and I ask them to do.
“It’s more of an enjoyable experience than I expected.”
Straw, the director of tennis at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, agreed, adding that the Wolverines, particularly the upperclassmen, also can flat out play.
“The first day I came out I was pleasantly surprised at how strong they were,” said Straw, who leads most of the instruction at practice. “I think from here on out these guys are going to be really tough.”
Some of the top contenders on this year’s 18-man squad ” which is up from last year’s roster of 13 ” include seniors Michael Kruck, Andrew Pado and Argentine foreign exchange student Mario Nosiglia, Straw said. Several others have three or four years of experience on the team, including senior Jason Paladino, and juniors Matt Hoehn, Ikaika Cofer and Chris Bobo.
Nobody is playing singles or doubles exclusively, Vicki Bobo said. Instead, the coach is mixing it up, having everyone play a little of both.
“I think this year we have the best team I’ve seen,” Pado said. “We have a lot of upperclassmen, and new people are joining. So far in matches we’ve been showing a lot more than last year.”
Besides the talent on this year’s squad, Pado said that the team “sportsmanship has really been uplifted.”
Nosiglia, whose primary sport is basketball ” he’s 6-foot-5 ” has improved by leaps and bounds playing competitive tennis for the first time, Straw said.
“Mario is just a phenomenal athlete. He has tenacity,” Straw said. “He listens very well and is very coachable. It’s always fun to coach people like that.”
With Nosiglia improving daily and so many of his teammates already honed in, the Wolverines are looking to surprise some of their larger 4A opponents.
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