Memorial Chargers Boys Tennis

Coach’s Note

A youthful Elkhart Memorial High School’s Boys Tennis Team will rely on a strong work ethic and an eagerness to improve to make its mark in the 2019 season.  The Crimson Chargers boast three Senior leaders in 2019 – Garrett Culp, Zach Olena and Nate Schwalm.  Culp owns a big forehand and brings intensity to the attack. He earned a Varsity letter last season at doubles. He has displayed hard work in earning a Varsity spot.  Olena earned a Varsity letter last season at doubles. He is an athletic player who is also an outstanding teammate. Olena unleashes a big serve in matches and can sting opponents with his speed.  Schwalm brings an intimidating presence to the net. His quickness is a key component of his game. He is a great leader by example, always displaying a relentless desire to compete.  Luke Leazenby is a Junior for the Crimson Chargers. He is a technically sound player who worked hard in the off-season to improve. The team will be looking to him to provide steady contributions.  Joe Bartolini is another Junior on the Memorial roster. He is in his first season on the Crimson Chargers team and has been impressive in learning the game quickly. He has solid groundstrokes and is an excellence addition to the team.  Sophomores Kameron Kast and Brad Walker both made incredible strides from last season. Both started at Junior Varsity last season, and are now expected to be strong competitors at the Varsity level.  Kast has big shot-making abilities and a keen understanding of the game.  Walker worked really hard over the summer to emerge as a highly skilled Varsity player with a bright future.  Sam Asbury, Thomas Brown, Trevor Fine, Ethan Leazenby and Henry Spivey comprise a promising freshmen corps. The freshmen are eager to learn and show the potential to contribute at the Varsity level and high spots on the Junior Varsity.

Joe Rallo, Head Coach

Team Schedule

 

Coach’s Bio

Joe Rallo is a graduate of Bethel College (2012) and Bremen High School (2008). He is entering his third season as the Chargers Boys Tennis head coach. He previously served as an assistant coach on the Crimson Chargers Boys Tennis staff for two seasons. Previously, he was a volunteer coach at Penn and Bremen, and twice coached in the Sportsfest All-Star Games. A starter for three seasons on the varsity men’s tennis team at Bethel College, Rallo was a four-year starter at Bremen. He won the Northern State Conference Tournament at No. 1 singles twice, and was named all-state honorable mention as a senior. Rallo teaches eighth-grade U.S. History at North Side Middle School in Elkhart.