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North Suncoast boys tennis preview

These days, the Roller family is running all things tennis at Land O'Lakes.

That's mainly out of necessity after beloved coach Shawn McGee resigned just before the start of the season, departing a boys team that many North Suncoast tennis aficionados believe is the one to beat in 2010.

McGee resigned after receiving a full-time position at Saddlebrook, Gators athletic director Karen Coss said. She has two coaching candidates to interview and hopes to have a replacement announced this week.

But thus far, Felicia Roller has been running practices and keeping things in place.

"(McGee) pulled the team together when there was a mistake," Felicia Roller said. "If anyone did any swearing, the team did pushups. It was a team effort. He got them in great condition. That's why when our boys went three sets at district they were able to last."

Felicia Roller's son Colin burst onto the local tennis scene last year as the Gators' No. 1 singles player, claiming a state berth.

The Gators are still hashing things out in terms of seeding, but it appears the other guys battling for the top five spots will be Henry Jaime, Jordan Stewart, Alex Wang and Tim Falcon. The biggest loss Brandon Vang, who returned to Minnesota.

There's also an outside chance Justin Roller, Colin's older brother, could join the team.

"He's played tennis his whole life until his freshman year of high school," Colin Roller said. "He stopped. We're not too sure how he'd play if he plays."

fast facts

Boys to watch

Colin Roller, Land O'Lakes, So.

Yuya Burkhart,

Wesley Chapel, Sr.

Chris Story, Land O'Lakes, Sr.

Nicolai Atkinson, Sunlake, Jr.

Shane Docter, Ridgewood, Sr.

Chris Nyholm, Hernando, Sr.

North Suncoast boys tennis preview 02/15/10 [Last modified: Monday, February 15, 2010 11:10pm]
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