The Lynnwood boys tennis team has left quite an impression on Lynnwood coach Jim McKinnon and the Royals haven’t even played their first match.
“They are a great group of kids, probably the best we’ve ever had,” McKinnon said. “They work hard. They compete every day. They’re having fun.”
The goal, McKinnon said, is “to be competitive with every team and to continue to improve.”
Senior Ryan Tsuji returns at No. 1 singles along with junior Brandon Pell, who is at No. 2 singles. Tsjui and Pell teamed up in doubles for the postseason last year and may do the same this season.
“Their best opportunity, as good as they are, to go to state may be as a doubles team,” McKinnon said.
Tsui and Pell tend to complement each other on the court.
“Their personalities help them play better doubles,” McKinnon said. “Together they complement each other’s strengths and they have a positive impact on each their weaknesses.”
The Royals have a lot of other returning experience including junior Matthew Huang, senior Choung Pham, junior Thu Yein, sophomore Htet Thu and senior David Jorgenson.
While Lynnwood has a large senior class, several younger players also should contribute to the team. McKinnon noted that in tennis oftentimes the younger players have more skills than some of the other ones.
“We’re a real hodgepodge with the younger and older kids,” McKinnon said.