Tennis - Varsity Boys
George Wolbers -- Head Coach | EMAIL
Coach Wolbers is a native of East Stroudsburg, PA. He was a multi–sport athlete in both high school and college participating in football, swimming & diving, track & field (HS), soccer, and tennis. Wolbers played tennis while attending Ithaca College and University of Arizona (’71- ‘74). He was named as ICAC All-Conference in diving and was a NY State medalist while setting school and pool records (‘71/’72) at Ithaca College; Arizona was ranked #10 in NCAA Men’s Tennis (’73)
He was inducted as a member of the National Football Foundation of Scholar Athletes (’70), the East Stroudsburg South High School Football Wall of Fame (’03) and was named 2010 Eastern PA District and USTA Middle States Tournament Director of the Year. Wolbers was also inducted tp the East Stroudsburg Area School District Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. Most recently, he was named Carolina Media Group Coach of the Year for the Matthews/Mint Hill area for Boys Varsity Tennis in 2012-2013 and for Girls Varsity Tennis in 2015 and 2016.
As an active tennis professional and competitive coach for over 40 years, Coach Wolbers continues to strive for excellence with a track record that includes USTA national top ten rankings on both the national level and in 7 of the 17 sections across the country. Over three dozen of his athletes have contributed to their varsity tennis teams on Divisions 1 through 3 of the NCAA. Since coming to CDS, his teams have amassed seven championships in the MAC and CISAA conferences.
Joshua Reichard '06 (Wofford College)
Christy Core '08 (Central Florida University)
Madeline Hyatt '10 (Covenant College)
Will Roberson '13 (Queens University)
Matt Fisher '13 (Belhaven University)
Hunter Harbin '14 (Queens University)
Allan Lock '15 (Sonoma State University)
Will Ockerman '15 (USMA - West Point)Jacob Wall '15 (Gardner Webb University)
Tennis - Varsity Boys
Match Recap 5/8/2018
The end of a season is never a pleasant one if at the wrong end of the rainbow. Such was the case today as rain halted the NCISAA tournament match with Christ School just before 6 PM, and just before the Greenies could close the window on our paws. With a 4-0 lead after the doubles, and a commanding 4th point scored over senior Captain Davis Swann at the pole position in singles, the courts became unplayable with both Joe Keaton and Emerson Rogers down 0-6, 0-5 at #'s 3 and 4. With literally seconds left to possibly compete after returning to Arden before the quarterfinal round on Saturday, the race to 5 points became 4. With all due respect to those on court, the travel time weighed against academic loads and tests made the option of conceding the match the most realistic decision.
For sure, the weather started out as promising as the Lions' early stages at all three doubles lines; Though Josh and Emerson struggled to stay with Kevin McCarthy and Aldo Mell at #3, Our 1's and 2's made races of their own as they stayed close with the Greenies' formidable doubles teams, both reaching the 5-4 stage, before letting the reigns slacken. The boys of Christ School were dominant at the net and with anything above their heads; strong servers right down the lineup; a very physical group - in other words, little had changed since our head to head with them on April 21st.
Making good use of the corners with plenty of pace, the Greenies capitalized on their momentum from the doubles to get right after the last two points available to capture. While five of six lines looked like they could pick and choose from any of them, Josh Keaton wasn't having any of it. While the Greenies were already into second sets on those courts, the freshman at #6 was tied 4-all in just the first set as all Heaven broke loose.
It was a season of progress and hope. One that kept intact a string of campaigns dating back over seven straight years now- that being worthy of acceptance into the 3A state tournament. And in that regard, these 2018 Lions will remain at the right end of that rainbow.
Match Recap 5/3/2018
With fatigue a major concern going into today's match with Latin, two things were big possibilities with the Lion - Hawk match up:1) a total collapse or 2) play so relaxed that some good things would fall their way.
A little of both would happen, but not without seeing this group give it their best.Good things happened at the get go, with some of the best doubles we've played all season. All three lines took early leads and held them at least until midway through the 8 game pro sets. The third doubles team of Emerson Rogers and Josh Keaton came through with an 8-6 win to post the Lions only individual match victory of the 4-day stand. Seniors Joe Keaton and William Kepper dropped a close contest at 2nd line, while Davis Swann and Heyward Bryan put 5 games on their side of the score column in contrast to the 8-0 loss they took to Ian Bercak and Smith O'Leary back on April 17.
Individually and collectively, however, the Lions looked tired by the time the singles matches began and they never really threatened the Hawks at any line. Despite the scores, the guys put on some great displays of shot-making and composure under fire. Closing points in no-ad situations escaped the Lions during key games as the Hawks chalked up big first set margins. The Lions were able to collect just 13 games over the six singles contests.
With the NCISAA seeding meeting taking place this Sunday afternoon, the Lions will have to wait and see if their efforts over the past eight weeks will reward them with a berth in the 12 team draw. Several schools have seen a resurgence in their programs. We will look to our overall strength of schedule; competing in a conference that should see 4 of its teams among the top six seeds.
Match Recap 5/2/2018
While playing their third match in three days, the Lions failed to notch any more W's after rain halted play last Thursday against Cannon School. Spotting the Cougars a 2-1 lead after doubles, all singles lines did their best to start fresh, regardless of the score, and turn their fortunes around. The fight was there, but the results were not.
Down 6-0 , 3-0 to Sean Jenkins, the Cougars took point 3 in just 15 minutes against Rochester Sun, who kept the heat on with some very steady play before giving up point 4. Joe Keaton had many opportunities come his way through some great ground-stroking, but found himself too far behind in the second set to make a run for a tie break third set finish, and surrendered the 5th and 'match by the math' point.
The final portion of the lineup kept hammering away with some very competitive play on courts 4,5 & 6. Emerson Rogers turned around a potential runaway to miss a chance to grab a point in a third set tiebreak, when he took Thomas Fromke to a tie break second set after falling behind 6-0 at the end of the first. Heyward Bryan continued to frustrate John Besh at #5, before falling 6-3, 6-3. Despite extreme fatigue, Josh Keaton was again the last man standing, with a long 6-3, 6-2 battle that once again required every bit of mental toughness he could muster to end the afternoon's test. The Lions will be in action again tomorrow at Charlotte Latin, starting at 4:15.
Match Recap 5/1/2018
Despite Providence Day resting several regular starters, the Lions were not able to fare any better than their prior meeting as the Chargers rolled to a 9-0 victory. Undaunted, however, the team continued to show an admirable level of fight, featuring extended rallies and gutsy play.
Though all three doubles teams found themselves down early, the mix of inconsistent points with well-executed team play kept them hanging around long enough to make things interesting. The duos of Swann -Bryan, Keaton- Kepper and Rogers-Keaton all pressed the net and made their pro sets competitive.
Between the doubles and singles events, Joe Keaton, William Kepper and Captain Davis Swann were recognized in a brief but meaningful moment as it was Senior Night throughout the CDS competitive bill in all sports this afternoon. The three honorees represent 17 seasons of dedication to CDS tennis, dating back to their years as Middle School competitors in the Lion uniform.
Once the singles began, the Chargers continued their dominance across the board. Jake Comisar demonstrated the same deft skills at the top post as he has at the #3 position all year against Swann; Rochester Sun kept his shot distribution all over the court, but was no match for Bo Levett; Joe Keaton found himself in a similar experience along with Rogers and Jennings Culpepper, who got his paws on the ball again after recouping from illness at #5. Josh Keaton continued to thrill and delight at the anchor role of the lineup, frustrating Charger Senior Sam Katz in a straight set loss in which he left it all on the court. The team will be on the courts again tomorrow to finish their match vs. Cannon that was halted by rain on April 26th.
Match Recap 4/30/2018
The Bucs tore through the courageous Lions' lineup as they managed to gather just a dozen games overall in the 15 total sets played. Improvement compared to their April 5 meeting, however, was noticeable. Steadiness and better tactical decisions kept all of our players on court considerably longer, despite what the scores indicated.With last season's number two player in Country Day's singles lineup coming off a season long injury to suit up at the number six position, and paired at number three doubles with Carson Garcia, the Lions got an up close and personal view this afternoon of arguably the state's best team going into the NCISAA tournament.
Down 0-3 after the doubles yielded just two games at the # 3 line of Emerson Rogers and Josh Keaton, the singles showed how dominant the 2018 edition of Country Day truly is. The determination and chutzpah displayed by Josh Keaton in both singles and doubles where every time he turned around he saw Vaed Kurjekar, was quite admirable. Once again, though, freshman Heyward Bryan showed a depth of fight as he battled to a break in each set before succumbing 6-4, 6-4 to close the afternoon's competition at 6:45. The Lions will be in action again on Tuesday, as they host Providence Day at 4:15.
Match Recap 4/26/2018
With a nuisance shower towards the end of the doubles turning full-blast shortly after singles began, the match with Cannon was halted in progress, at just before 6 PM. At the time conditions became unplayable, Cannon had already taken a 2-1 advantage as Emerson Rogers and Josh Keaton dropped a tough 9-8 decision at the number three line. Joe Keaton and William Kepper delivered the goods at number two doubles, finishing off Will Carey and Danny Yessayan, 8-5 after Davis Swann and Heyward Bryan dropped an 8-4 decision at first. The matches in progress that will be finished next Wednesday afternoon, May 2nd at the Covenant Day courts.
Match Recap 4/21/2018
Christ School got on the road early from Asheville for the 11:00 match with our Varsity Lions, and wasted no time jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the doubles en route to taking a 9-0 victory over the home team .
The Greenies brought only six players and each was prepared to do business, dropping only 2 games at doubles positions 1 and 3. Despite battling back to a 7-6 lead, seniors Joe Keaton and William Kepper played their hearts out, only to lose that lead and eventually the match, in a 9-7 squeaker.
Off and running with a 3-0 advantage going into the singles, the boys from Christ School managed to chalk up first sets ( 6-0 in lines 3 through 6) against every line in a little over twenty minutes. From that point, however, things got very competitive at the 3, 4 & 6 positions. Joe Keaton, Emerson Rogers and Josh Keaton all displayed the type of competitiveness that begged for third set finishes, but today they would not happen. Overall, the Greenies held advantages in the ares of tournament experience, volley skills and in the purely physical size. The Lions acquitted well of themselves for the most part, taking their opponents to 3-all in many games. Closing skills are still just out of reach at critical moments, but be assured - there is no quit in these Lions. This is definitely a group to get behind. The team will be prepared for their next match versus Cannon School on 4/26 at home, starting at 4:30.
Match Recap 4/19/2018
With the race for states beginning in earnest this week, the team made at least one dent by avenging their early March loss to Charlotte Christian yesterday afternoon with a 6-3 win on the clay at Russell Tennis Center. While the dry conditions on the Har-Tru surface were made all the more challenging with gusts that sent dust devils swirling throughout the contest, the Lions stayed the course and swept the doubles event to break the match open after the singles resulted in a deadlock at 3 apiece.
A shift in the Knights lineup with their 1st singles player, Cameron Hicks, out of the lineup due to illness, Josh Keaton started the scoring off for CDS at the # 6 line. Heyward Bryan landed his point soon after. The Knights got on the board with a win over Joe Keaton at 3rd singles. Within 15 minutes, however, Captain Davis Swann put the Lions up 3 -1 with a straight set win at #1. The Knights regained those points by edging the 2 & 4 positions with two extended sets at #2 and a tie-break win at line 4.
The Lions most certainly left it all on the court during the doubles. More so at the #1 contest, with Davis Swann scoring points from on the ground, in the air and even after a run in with the fence wall ( he would lose the point, but win the argument with the wall) to take point 4 with Heyward Bryan. Emerson Rogers and Andrew Hardin commanded an 8-4 win to get the match point at the #3 line and Joe Keaton and William Kepper added the icing point moments later, with an 8-6 win at #2. The Lions will be in action again on Saturday, 4/21, as they host Christ School at 11:00 a.m.
Match Recap 4/17/2018
The Varsity Lions faced their second straight defeat on Tuesday, as the fell to the Hawks of Charlotte Latin. The Lions showed a spark of life after the conclusion of the doubles matches, but needed to take advantage of the many closing opportunities they created for themselves for much of the contest.
Davis Swann and Emerson Rogers never quite got on track at #1 doubles, Joe Keaton and William Kepper started out marvelously with a 3-0 lead, only to see Andrew Lewis and Will Coburn take the next eight straight games and another point at the #2 line. Jennings Culpepper and Andrew Hardin saw a close contest in the first six games get away from them, with a disappointing loss at #3.
Battles were certainly had in the singles, but a 7-5 first set dropped by Josh Keaton at #6 position was the closest the Lions would come to taking any set throughout the lineup. Davis Swann played a much closer match than the score would indicate; Rochester Sun showed some commendable point play; Joe Keaton battled against a mirror image of his style; Emerson Rogers worked the ball around the court more than in several prior matches; and credit must be given to freshmen Andrew Hardin and Josh Keaton, who came up against just plain old more physical opponents and displayed some great volleying ability.
The team's goal of rising to a top three standing in the CISAA will be severely tested two days from now, as the Lions travel to Russell Tennis Center and the Knights of Charlotte Christian, to open up second half play.
Match Scores 4/10/2018
Sean Jenkins d Davis Swann 7-5,6-0; Davis Norton d Rochester Sun 6-1, 6-3; Thomas Framke d Joe Keaton 6-3,8-6; Heyward Bryan d Josh Besh 6-2, 7-5; Danny Yassayan d Andrew Hardin 6-1,2-6, 10-8; Josh Keaton d Riley Fraser 6-1, 5-7,11-9
Jenkins / Norton d Swann / Emerson Rogers 1-8; Joe Keaton / William Kepper d Fromke/Besh 8-4;Yassayan/Jack Galida d Jennings Culpepper / Andrew Hardin 8-5
Match Recap 4/5/2018
Our Varsity Lions faced the reigning conference and state champion CCDS Buccaneers on Thursday afternoon. The three doubles teams took the courts first and were dispatched in quick fashion in just over a half hour after earning just one game in all three lines. It was the first loss of the season for the freshman duo of Jennings Culpepper and Andrew Hardin. The skill sets of the Bucs were something best seen, rather than surmised.
Fortunes would not change in the singles by way of wins, but rather by some "positive strokes". The Lions won 16 more games in that portion of the match, doubling the total games won the last time the two faced each other last April.
The defending state champions looked every bit like one that may be more than successful in that role again this season. However, there wasn't any quit in our Lions and it showed. Captain Davis Swann made the most of his matchup with All-Stater Luke McClelland; Rochester Sun gave all he had, trading several 20+ shot points with Tarun Prakesh; both Joe Keaton and Emerson Rogers let some closing opportunities get away; freshman spark plugs Heyward Bryan and Josh Keaton gave the 5 & 6 singles lines far more than they probably expected. Keaton's three setter provided an excellent backdrop to the team's overall efforts, accented by a 29 shot rally to take the second set and keeping the crowd in their seats to witness a tie break finish to the afternoon. Next up for the Lions is an afternoon match at Cannon School on Tuesday, 4/10, starting at 4:30.
Match Recap 4/3/2018
With both teams coming into the contest after a week away, the match with Charlotte Christian was bound to be a toss up. The final result came down to a third set tie-break at the number 2 singles line to tip the balance at 4 points apiece.
Rochester Sun swung for the fences - in a good way - all afternoon, coming back after dropping his first set to bring the score level after the second. After Josh Keaton recorded the Lions fourth point, it was a race to the finish between Sun and the Knights' Andrew Brannon. Though Sun fell behind early, the junior kept chipping away and refused to let his opponent close until the eighteenth sudden death point.
For the fourth time in four matches, our three's in doubles came off the court with the first team point. The Knights had opened the scoring with a win over Davis Swann and Heyward Bryan at the #1 position. CDS took the lead going into the singles as Joe Keaton and William Kepper took the #2 line in a 9-8 duel.
With some of our team discipline lacking after a week away from competition, our top four spots failed to come away with "the goods". Wins at 4 and 5 however, put us in the position to win the match with freshmen Heyward Bryan and Josh Keaton handling the business at the feet of the lineup. Bryan has not dropped a game in his last two outings in singles.The team will play an away match against conference foe, Charlotte Country Day, on Thursday at 4:15.
Match Recap 3/16/2018
Our Lions traveled to Wesleyan Christian Academy on Friday to take on the Trojans in a 4:30 match, and came home with a massive 9-0 victory. The contest opened with singles matches, as that is the format of the host school's conference. Heyward Bryan made quick work of Austin Brand at line 4; Josh Keaton at #5 and William Kepper at #6 soon followed as their tier dropped just four games between them while registering four shut-out sets. Rochester Sun, looking more comfortable each time out, turned in a dominating performance to bring in the fourth point for the Lions It would be Joe Keaton next, turning in the magical 5th and match winning point at the 3rd singles line to secure the team's third consecutive victory of the young season. Senior Captain, Davis Swann, continued honing his aggressive style, and took this second straight tiebreak finish at 1st singles.
In doubles, Jennings Culpepper and Andrew Hardin took matters in hand immediately while cruising to an 8-1 win at the 3rd line; Joe Keaton and William Kepper were on a consistent set up to kill shot sequence between them at line 2, while Swann and Bryan sent Hamilton Davis and Ethan Twiddy all over the court to close the Trojans out with an 8-5 tally. The sub lines of JonTownsend / Boyce Gault and Charlie Moseley / Mark Gulley dominated their opponents with much better teamwork and steadiness, despite the consistent winds averaging 15-20 mph throughout the contest.Next up for the Lions is a home match on Tuesday, 3/20 against Forsyth Country Day.
Match Recap 3/13/2018
The Varsity Lions dominated Statesville Christian in both singles and doubles on Tuesday afternoon, showing depth and a new lineup chemistry to take their second straight win on the new season.
Once again, the CDS duo of Jennings Culpepper and Andrew Hardin not only owned the 3rd doubles line, but came off the court with the first team point of the match. Statesville Christian evened the score quickly, taking our 1's in a match Jacob Durham and Zach Marshall never trailed in. The center of the lines came through, however, as Rochester Sun and Heyward Bryan fell behind early, but overcame and retained a game lead at game seven and our 2's closed at 7-6 for the second team point.
The singles lineup turned in strong performances at all positions as Josh Keaton and William Kepper took commanding straight-setters to set up a dramatic finish. Captain Davis Swann bounced back from an 0-6 second set after winning the first, to claim the 5th and match winning point in a 10-7 tie break finish. Meanwhile, Joe Keaton finished off Tate Bentley in two long and very competitive sets for point 6.
The Lions and their fans have rarely seen a team match in which the top 3 lines all went to third set tie breaks, but they were in for some excitement this afternoon. Emerson Rogers put in another tremendous effort that ended in a disappointing loss, while Rochester Sun pulled himself together after splitting sets in a steady and unyielding fashion, to walk off the courts last- but not least- on the scoreboard. The level of sportsmanship between the two squads was admirable and conflict free throughout the contest. The numbers Statesville Christian brought enabled all 14 players to see action whether for match points or match experience. The Lions will be on the road for their next competition as they travel to Wesleyan Christian Academy on Friday, Mar. 16th for a 4:30 match.
Match Recap: 3/8/2018
With a new campaign underway and temperatures in the breezy mid 40's, the Lions played a textbook game plan by following a sweep of the doubles as they competed a little looser in the singles to overcome the Cougars High Point Christian Academy. It was the season opener for both squads. Captain Davis Swann saw limited action while he continues to rehab an ankle injury, lingering from his basketball season.
Our 'three's' today, comprised of Jennings Culpepper and Andrew Hardin, brought in the first point of the match and season with an 8-5 victory in the doubles. Davis Swann and Emerson Rogers followed with an 8-5 decision of their own. Meanwhile, at the center of the left battery, Rochester Sun and Heyward Bryan took the first of four matches to finish in tiebreaks, as they completed the doubles sweep with a 7-3 breaker to edge Cougars Copeland Petittfils and Ben Colson, 9-8.
The chilly temperatures only added to the first match jitters as the singles competition got underway. The entire lineup appeared frustrated at times when compared to their recent performances in practice, but match play is where most of the lessons competition teaches are learned. Hardin moved Cortland Starr all over the court and to the sidelines at line six with a straight-set victory. Hardin's doubles partner, Culpepper, struggled to find himself in the first set, but turned that around in the second to reward the team with point five and the match by the math. The Cougars interrupted the CDS scoring run with a win at first singles as High Point's all-everything linebacker from their talented football team took the measure of Rochester Sun at 1st singles. Joe Keaton would answer with the first of three tie break thrillers in the one-on-one contests, scoring the Lions' sixth and final point over Josh Beane at line 5.
Despite the post sundown temps, both Emerson Rogers and Heyward Bryan kept the spectators engaged and animated by taking their opponents at lines 2 & 3 to third set tiebreak finishes. After seeing the four matches ending in tiebreaks being split 2-2, the team knew they had been in a highly competitive contest and earned this one in a way that can only build confidence in our journey through the campaign ahead. Next up for the Lions is a home match on Tues, 3/13, against Statesville Christian.