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Sherando's Parker Gregg hits a shot during a practice last season. Gregg and Keith Robertson were the only two seniors on this year's squad and both made their mark for the program.

Parker Gregg and Keith Robertson didn't get to play their senior season for Sherando boys tennis, but the pair still took away plenty of memories and success.

Sherando coach Garland Williams, who was just starting his second year with the program, said that he was happy to have been able to coach them.

"Those guys have been four-year guys," Williams said. "They've improved each year and I really was anticipating a big year out of both of them this year. It's going to be tough to replace both of them. Both of them have been playing tennis for quite a bit of time from a young age all the way up until now."

Gregg played at the No. 1 singles spot for the last two years and was looking to constantly improve.

"The past couple years playing at that No. 1 spot it was just a pretty big accomplishment for me," Gregg said. "I played some pretty decent tennis over the last couple years."

Gregg said his favorite memory was playing in the Class 4 Northwestern District tournament quarterfinals last season against James Wood. He and his No. 1 doubles partner Joe Venturato were playing in the deciding match.

"It came down to the last doubles match and it went three sets with Joe and I at that No. 1 doubles spot," Gregg said. "We came in and we won and it was pretty exciting."

Gregg, who was also a standout on the golf team, said that he and Robertson have a good relationship and were looking forward to their senior year before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the VHSL to cancel the spring season.

"We're pretty close playing from freshman year all the way until last year and sadly not being able to play this year," Gregg said. "I'd say we had a pretty good relationship."

Gregg said that he prefers singles over doubles because everything is on you and you can't blame your doubles partner. He said he had worked hard on his game in the offseason and had been excited about playing this year.

"I focused more on working out and conditioning," Gregg said. "I did a lot of stuff in the gym and getting ready for the season, playing a lot. Unfortunately I didn't get to show off what I've been able to accomplish over the last couple months. But it is what it is."

Gregg said that he will be attending James Madison University in the fall and plans on playing either club golf or club tennis in college.

Gregg's older sister Meredith was a standout tennis player at Sherando and his mother also played.

Tennis also runs in the family for Robertson. His older sister Kathryn  was part of Sherando's successful girls tennis program. She advanced to the state doubles tournament her last two seasons. Keith's father, Jason, was a standout player at Handley.

Last year, Keith Robertson played at No. 4 singles for the Warriors and Williams said he was a key part of the team.

"I'm pretty sure that he got out there with his dad and hit around and so forth," Williams said. "You could tell with his skills. A lot of times with Keith, with his skills a lot of things that he did it came naturally to him. He had an injury early in the year that was going to slow him up a little bit. But he still could do things instinctively and naturally just because of his time playing a lot of tennis."

Williams said both Gregg and Robertson we're good leaders for the team.

"Definitely both of them were pretty good leaders," Williams said. "Both of them I would say were more leaders by example. There would be times in which they would tell guys things and support each other. They would go to each court (after their match was over) and support each player."

– Contact Tommy Keeler Jr. at tkeeler@nvdaily.com