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Boys tennis: Centaurus’ Fernandez takes aim
Boys tennis: Centaurus’ Fernandez takes aim

Evan Fernandez is moving up.

And he hopes that move will pay dividends in his senior year.

After playing in the No. 2 singles spot in his first three years for the Centaurus Warriors boys tennis squad, Fernandez is making the jump to No. 1 singles for his senior campaign.

Although the move brings stiffer competition, Fernandez welcomes the challenge.

“It is going to be tough; there are some really good players at No. 1,” he said. “But I’m going to work hard and do my best to make it to state.”

The Warriors squad hit the courts for their first practice on Monday, Aug. 15.

Nearly 30 players showed up in hopes of grabbing a varsity spot, a far cry from the seven players that came out for tennis eight years ago, coach Owen Lunz’s first year at CHS.

“When I started here the numbers weren’t there,” Lunz said. “So it is encouraging to see how far we have come. Now we just need to evaluate the talent.”

And while the Warriors are young, Fernandez believes he can lend a helping hand.

“I have been there before so I think I can help them get ready for the season,” Fernandez said. “I just need to show them that it takes hard work and a lot of effort to be good.”

Lunz is looking forward to the challenge of grooming his young squad.

“It’s going to be fun to see what the guys have,” he said. “There is some talent out here so we just need to put them in the right spot to be successful.”

And while there are slots to be filled for the varsity program, Lunz knows he has the perfect leader in Fernandez.

“Evan is a solid player. He has been good for us in the past and I look forward to what he will do this season,” said Lunz. “There a ton of good players at the No. 1 spot but he is just a good solid player and will hold his own.”

Fernandez knows it will take a full season of work to attain his goal of earning a berth in the state tournament.

“I just want to continue to get better as the season goes,” he said. “I’m going to give it my all and be the best I can be, and if I do that I’ll be happy.”

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