Queen Creek, Ariz.–The Queen Creek High School tennis teams are officially starting their seasons today and the boys will begin another chapter with brand new head coach Dave Norwick.
Coach Norwick has over 35 years of coaching experience and has played tennis since the age of 13. While participating in major tennis events in the ATP, he has also coached over 60 high school aged players to DI college scholarships.
While most of the Queen Creek sports have moved up to 6A this year, tennis has been part of the DI conference since the 2017 season. In its inaugural season the Bulldog boys finished 2-10. Last year, they saw significant improvement with a record of 8-4 and narrowly missed the team state championship bracket.
The team did have a single player qualifier in Cade Ellington and Kimball Gwilliam and Andrew Graff qualified as a doubles team. Ellington advanced to the second round and Gwilliam and Graff were defeated in their opening match.
Coach Norwick is looking forward to learning more about Arizona high school tennis and helping his players learn the game and get to the next level.
“I’m not really sure what the level of high school tennis is here, so this will be a new experience,” said Norwick. “We have a couple of returning players, but for the most part have very inexperienced players.”
Girls tennis is also looking to improve this year with 3rd year head coach Lee Harmon at the helm. In each of the 2016 & 2017 seasons, the girls had just one team win. Last year, they finished with five wins and a team high no. 35 state ranking.
Standout player Alethea La Croix was the only individual player to make it into the singles state bracket. She defeated her first two round opponents by scores of 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-0.
Both the boys and the girls play Camelback today at 3:30 p.m. The girls are home and the boys are away. Follow our social media pages for more info on both teams throughout the season.