NICK THOMPSON, TRUMPET SPORTS EDITOR
The Wartburg men’s tennis season kicked off the weekend of Feb. 5 and 6 with three wins and one loss.
Since then, the team has played in two other weekend matches where they have won three matches and lost one.
Head coach Chris Gustas, who is in his sixth year at the helm of the tennis teams, has some lofty goals for the team this year.
“Some of my goals for the team includes shattering the Wartburg wins record, make the conference tournament semifinals, grow each player’s in match skills, Keep players healthy and hungry for tennis, work constantly on a culture where players show up and bring full effort, and the players are inclusive and take care of all their teammates,” Gustas said.
After the shorter fall season, the team is looking to make a run at their own conference tournament later in the season. The team is hoping for warmer weather as the season continues as well.
“We play indoors until the weather gets nice enough to play outdoors. There’s not really a distinction in seasons, we just play wherever we need to,” Gustas said.
Lucas Hoffman is one of the main players on the team, and he currently has an 8-1 record overall and 48 wins. Griffin Steiniger is another prominent tennis player who currently holds a 3-0 in both singles and double play with partner Cade Davis..
The Knights will be in action next Feb. 19 and 20 before heading to Florida over the spring break.