Leicht: “tennis at the national scene is amazing”

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Taylor Ryan, Co-Sports Editor

As we enter into April, and can almost feel that crisp spring air, the Wilkes’ tennis teams are prepping to get back outside onto the court back to perform and show all the strides they have taken in the offseason.

This past week, Chris Leicht, the Head Coach of both men’s and women’s tennis teams here at Wilkes, was highlighted and interviewed on the John Mendola Show on WILK.

The Coach spoke on the success the team has seen in the past few years, their annual spring break trip to Hilton Head South Carolina, and the expectations for this coming season.

While the blizzard of 2017 may have set them back a week before being able to practice back on the outdoor courts, the tennis teams will be back outside in about two more weeks.

Coach Leicht discussed the fact that going into this season, both the men’s and women’s teams are nationally ranked and have set a certain standard before the season has even began.

While being nationally ranked is a huge accomplishment in itself, the Coach also revealed that one of the members of the men’s tennis team, Jason Murphy is entering this season as nationally ranked at #12.

When the coach spoke on this subject on the Mendola show saying, “Division III tennis at the national scene is amazing, so the fact that he has done so well, so it’s the first time we have had both teams ranked as well as an individual player ranked. So kind of exciting times not only team wise but also individual for us”

The Wilkes tennis teams have a tradition of their hard work, and in turn their large success during the season. In the past both teams have walked away as MAC Champions and they expect to continue this tradition. In order to ensure their success post season, Coach Leicht stated that he has scheduled more difficult out of conference teams in order to prepare for the out of conference challenges and allow the team to heighten their competition for the post season play.

Over the last couple of months, Coach Leicht has been recognized for he and the team’s efforts more than once. In early February, the head coach was named PTR Coach of the Year. This shows that much of the overall success of the team and program of the year, it reflected on the consistent leadership. Coach Leicht has built the Wilkes’ tennis program to a consistent success year after year, and for many to come.