Published March 22. 2023 11:34AM
by Mike Haines firstname.lastname@example.org
This year’s Salisbury boys tennis team will look to pick up where it left off last season.
The Falcons return their top three singles players and much of the doubles line up from a team that went 4-5 in Colonial League matches last season.
“My singles are coming in with experience and my doubles have played a little last year so we should be OK,” said Salisbury head coach Greg Laub. “I have ninth and 10th graders that are playing well so I believe our lineup is pretty strong and deep.”
Three juniors return to the singles line up in Nolan Grejda at No. 1, Tristan Monahan at No. 2 and Jacob Knerr at No. 3. Jackson Kramp and Blaine Berger will form the No. 1 doubles pairing while cousins Mohamed Suleiman and Ahmed Suleiman will be the Falcons’ No. 2 doubles team. Just one senior graduated from last year’s team in doubles player Andrew Hines.
Salisbury opened its season last week with a 6-1 loss to Kutztown. The Falcons were back in action Monday when they beat Palisades 4-1 to start Colonial League play at 1-0.
Grejda and Knerr won their singles matches in straight sets against the Pirates, while both doubles teams picked up 6-1, 6-0 wins.
Laub, who is in his second stint as head coach after serving in that position over a decade ago, like the make up of this year’s team and is enjoying his return to the helm of the program.
“It feels good to be back on the court again after taking a 13 year hiatus,” he said. “I believe we are going to have a good season and have fun in the process. The kids are ready to play the game they love in a sport that is for them.”
Salisbury had a nonleague match against Jim Thorpe Tuesday before taking on Saucon Valley Thursday and opening next week Monday at Notre Dame (Green Pond).
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Salisbury's Nolan Grejda returns a shot during Monday's win over Palisades.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Jacob Knerr is one of three juniors returning to singles positions they played last year on the Salisbury boys tennis team.