How Rock Bridge tennis seniors are prepped for one last hurrah

Over the years, experience has been one of the best teachers for Rock Bridge boys tennis.

The team comprised of six seniors has been through countless matches, sets and points. The Bruins know what they’re made of, through and through.

That’s why the back end of a season isn’t anything new to them.

“We’ve all been through stuff like this before,” said senior William McAllister. “Even if we have a tough loss or whatever, we’ve all been through that.”

What is new for the seniors is the finality of it all. The 2022 season will be the last for the six Bruins who have seen and endured more than most athletes.

McAllister, Akhilan Elangovan, Max Litton, Ben Loeb, Ben Xu and Logan Burnam have played their way through a pandemic and a fourth-place finish at state in 2021.

Rock Bridge senior Logan Burnam waits for his opponent to return the ball while coach Ben Loeb watches from behind during a match last Tuesday against Quincy in Columbia.

Now, as the season turns toward the postseason in 2022 with Tuesday’s semifinals of the Class 3 District 4 Tournament, host Rock Bridge will focus on what makes the 14-4 Bruins different from the rest of the teams they could see across the state.

“It’s the camaraderie,” Rock Bridge coach Ben Loeb said. “All six of these guys just have great camaraderie together and enjoy being with each other.”

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