East Penn Press

Thursday, December 13, 2018
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZStefan Zarkov (above) will team up with classmate Aman Malik as one of Emmaus’ doubles pairings this year. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZStefan Zarkov (above) will team up with classmate Aman Malik as one of Emmaus’ doubles pairings this year.

Young players will lead tennis team

Thursday, March 22, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Head coach Dimitri Diamondopoulos and the Emmaus boys tennis team will be looking to youth at the top of the lineup this spring. The Hornets graduated their No. 1 singles player from last season and will look to younger players to play key roles on this year’s team.

“To start, we have a solid freshman playing number one singles this year, Sean Jaeger,” said Diamondopoulos. “Playing in the two position is junior Grant Haffner and three is Keving Gee. The doubles teams are being decided with Aman Malik and Stefan Zarkov, two seniors teaming up.

Two freshmen have made it into the lineup, Quinn Erk and Aiden Springs. Other returnees vying for doubles spots range from freshman to seniors. There is a lot of competition to make the lineup, and you always want competition to make you better.”

After a 7-8 season a year ago, there is a lot of confidence inside the program this year. Dealing with injuries last season hurt the lineup, but with the amount of players involved this year, there are plenty of good feelings around the program.

“I’m excited for the start of the season because we do have some solid players up and down the line up,” Diamondopoulos said. “It is a good feeling as a coach. We want to play up to our potential and focus on winning matches. There are still young players that need to get match experience.”

Emmaus has begun the season unbeaten, winning its first two matches 5-1 against East Stroudsburg South and 5-2 versus Pleasant Valley. Jaeger is 2-0 in singles and all four of the Green Hornets’ doubles teams are also undefeated.

Emmaus is set to play a compact stretch to end this month, weather permitting, with five matches still to play before April 1. But then next month, the Hornets will be tested with matches against top Eastern Pennsylvania Conference opponents Nazareth, Parkland, Whitehall and Central Catholic from April 16-24 to end the regular season.

“There are a lot of good teams in the district and EPC, but I feel with the depth we have we can certainly compete,” said Diamondopoulos. “It is going to be a fun year.”