GREENVILLE – A youth camp jointly run by the Greenville boys and girls varsity tennis teams had 11 kids participate this past week.
“We had 11 good ones,” Greenville boys tennis coach Dennis Kiser said. “We’ll take them.”
Throughout the five-day camp the boys and girls learned the basics of tennis including how to grip a racket, various strokes, how to keep score and how to play singles and doubles games.
“We were all basics this week,” Kiser said. “Ground strokes, volleys and serves and tried to throw in some games there to keep things fun.”
Kiser and Greenville girls tennis coach Jim Koontz both were pleased with how the camp went.
“It went smooth, and the kids had fun,” Koontz said. “We tried to teach them the fundamentals and all that. They listened. You could see them improve some over the week. We just hope they keep on playing.”
Helping the coaches lead the camp were three current high school players: Addie Haupt, Anna Manges and Larissa Schmitmeyer.
“They were great,” Kiser said. “They always are. Larissa and Anna and Addie did a fantastic job.”
The campers, who were in the fourth grade through high school freshmen, made a lot of progress.
“I saw huge strides in several of them,” Kiser said.
At the end of the week, Kiser said he hopes the camp inspired some kids to get involved in the Wave tennis programs.
“I hoped they liked it and hope that leads to them coming out for tennis when they get into junior high and high school,” he said.
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