Rewind to spring of 2015. As the head coach for Glenwood Boys Tennis, I was introduced to a freshman named Adam Konfrst who was interested in playing tennis for the first time. I could tell early on that Konfrst had the drive and attitude that was built for tennis. From a athlete with no tennis experience to now what many can say is the most decorated tennis athlete to come through Glenwood; no goal is set too high for Glenwood’s Konfrst.
In three years of varsity tennis for the Rams Adam has the following under his belt:
2015 District Team Champion
19-0 in singles the last two regular seasons (177-53 game record)
18-1 in doubles the last two regular seasons
2016 Hawkeye Ten Team Champion
2016 Hawkeye Ten Champion Number One Doubles
2016 District Team Champion
2016 District Doubles Champion
2016 4th Place in Class 3A Team State
2016 Class 1A Doubles State Qualifier
2017 Hawkeye Ten Champion Number Two Singles
2017 District Team Champion
2017 District Doubles Champion
2017 Class 1A Doubles State Qualifier
2017 Class 1A State Tournament 3rd Place Doubles
2017 Three Time USTA Singles Tournament Champion
Ask Adam what his goals are for his senior campaign? A team state championship to go along with an individual. Once again Konfrst has some lofty goals but I can say from coaching the kid over the last three season, good luck betting against him.
Konfrst will be apart of a Ram Tennis Team that will look to get back to the state tournament after missing out a season ago. Glenwood returned four of their top six from a season ago and added Joel Ibanez (foreign exchange student from Bolivia) to the squad. Ibanez has looked strong early and currently sits at the number one spot for the Rams. After six days of practice the team is playing really well. This could be Glenwood’s deepest team in the five years I have coached. As always any varsity spot is open for a challenge match but this season more than ever I see many athletes fighting for the last varsity spot.
The team has a lot of potential. Many news outlets probably has our team projected third in the conference and that is fine. Anytime a team that hasn’t lost in the regular season for two years can hide under the radar will. These boys are showing a lot of fight. A refuse to lose type mentality in challenge matches alone. I’ll be excited to coach these boys from #1-23 all season long!
The boys will open up their season on April 5th at Southwest Valley.