Though their season is over, Oxford’s tennis players are still getting the recognition they were aiming for at the beginning of the semester. Four of the team’s players were named to the All-League team and the team was selected as an All-State, All-Academic team. The players who receive this recognition are chosen by OAA coaches.
Senior standout Lauren Opalewski was named to the All-League team for her performance this year in No. 1 Singles. Head Coach Ryan Ruzziconi had described Opalewski as an “elite tennis player” in August, which held true throughout the season with the senior earning herself a 15-2 winning record and serving as one of the team’s three captains.
In the league tournament, she finished with a gold-earning performance. She played with the boys this season in the hopes of encountering tougher competition and making an impression on college scouts. Opalewski is also up for All-State team honors, which will be selected in November.
She received several D1 and D2 collegiate offers, and is currently planning to play women’s tennis at Michigan Tech University’s D2 program next year, trading the Wildcat logo for that of a Husky.
“Lauren had one heck of a season,” Ruzziconi said.
Another player to be recognized on the All-League team was junior Trevor Wallace, who played this season in No. 3
Singles. Wallace spent the season as a massive point-contributor during matches for the Wildcats and was also one of the team’s three co-captains.
During tournament play, Wallace earned himself a silver medal and finished the season with a strong 11-6 record. Part of the team’s returning bunch next season, Wallace showed a great deal of promise during his junior year and is a recognized leader on the team.
“Trevor continues to be a foundation builder inside the program, setting the tone at practices and building the ‘team’ aspect of the program,” Ruzziconi said.
Brothers Dane and Silas VonAllmen were also named to the All-League team for their performance in No. 3 Doubles. Dane, a junior, and Silas, a sophomore, finished the season with an impressive 11-4 record. In the league tournament, they earned a gold medal in their division.
“Dane and Silas have quickly become one of the best doubles teams in the OAA and (will) both return next season,” Ruzziconi said.
The team as a whole earned All-State, All-Academic honors as well. The recognition is given by the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association in a partnership with the MHSAA. To qualify, teams need a 3.5 cumulative GPA with all members. Oxford tennis was also given this award last season.