CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington Coach Chris Luckett and his No. 1 singles player, Ryan Massinople, stood just off Court 6 at Schoenbaum Courts in Kanawha City watching his No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams rally.
The two doubles teams are made up of four freshmen, who are preparing for the Class AAA Region 3 tennis tournament, which begins at Schoenbaum at noon today.
The entire day of tennis will be devoted to qualifying doubles teams for next week's three-day State Tournament here in Charleston.
Friday, the singles players will have their opportunity to make a State Tournament run.
On Wednesday, Luckett was calm but firm as he pointed out a missed assignment to his No. 2 doubles tandem.
"The whole team, overall, is a little bit inexperienced at the regional and state high school tennis level," Luckett said.
Luckett isn't exaggerating. Although George Washington consistently sends players to states, four players of this year's squad were in middle school this time last year.
With so many freshmen, maturity is in short supply.
"What I have tried to teach all year is more of them growing as players and being more mature on the court," Luckett said.
Massinople, a junior, has moved from the newcomer to field general in the course of the past year.
"I have to help these freshmen out," he said. "It happened to me when I was a freshman - I had some great upperclassmen to help me out with my role on the team and just general stuff about tennis."
Massinople and his doubles partner, Zack Koenig, will be looking to qualify for the State Tournament as well.
"What I'm trying to do with these kids is take them to a higher, more elite level of tennis," Luckett said.
The second-year coach's plan for accomplishing this goal is to have his team play everyone.
The Patriots have played everyone in their own region as well as Martinsburg and Morgantown in the northern part of the state and Washington in the Eastern Panhandle.
He also took his team to Ohio for matches last week.