Viera tennis teams boast young, talented players


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Viera senior Griffin Lamp is the No. 1 player on this year's boys tennis team and a big reason why the Hawks can contend for another district title.

Carl Kotala

With plenty of young talent on the roster, the future bodes well for both the Viera High School boys and girls tennis teams.

However, don’t count the Hawks out of this season just yet.

“We’ve always been one of the teams to beat in Brevard County,” Viera boys coach Manuel Rosales said. “This year, I have two to three really good players and the rest of the team are more development kind of players.

“This year, we’ve had a little bit more of a challenge than in past years because I had three seniors who graduated last year. It’s kind of a young team.”

With seniors Griffin Lamp and Ben Gust at the top of the lineup, the Hawks certainly have a chance to claim their sixth straight district championship.

But they will need help from the rest of the lineup that includes junior Zak Sedaros, sophomores Rahul Ghosh and Nimai Zipp along with junior Louis Schiffer.

Viera’s district has been shaken up a little bit this year with the additions of Gateway, Harmony and St. Cloud to a list of opponents that already included Bayside, Eau Gallie, Heritage and Melbourne.

But that shouldn’t stop the Hawks from being competitive when the district tournament comes around later this month.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” Rosales said.

While the boys team has many of its younger players in the lower half of its roster, the Viera girls are loaded with talented youth at the top.

Freshmen Sunshine Reitz and Lavanya Natarajan play in the No. 1 and 2 spots, followed by sophomore transfers Eva Nastevska and Teya Hagy. 

Senior team captain Morgan Bentley plays in the No. 5 spot and was off to a 7-0 start on the season.

Although Viera lost a close one to Melbourne in a regular-season encounter earlier this season, two of the matches went to tiebreakers, giving the Hawks plenty of hope they’ll be able to turn the tables at the district tournament.

“Having these two young ninth graders is challenging, but the future for us looks really good,” Viera girls coach Shelly Rosseau said. “I’m optimistic that we’ll win (districts) as a team, and I’m hoping my No. 1 will win, too.”

Rosseau described Reitz as the kind of player who can be a tough matchup for several reasons:

“She returns everything,” Rosseau said. “She’s been down several times and she comes back. She never gives up. She’s like a backboard back there. Everything comes back.”

Note: At press time, all prep sports in Brevard County and throughout the state were suspended because of the coronavirus through at least April 15. There was no word yet on when — or if — play would be allowed to resume.