For the last two springs, no boys high school tennis player around these parts was better than Blue Valley North senior Trey Daniel.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
Daniel went 48-0 as a junior and senior, including a 25-0 mark last spring en route to a second consecutive Kansas Class 6A state championship.
“I think he was a cut above,” Mustangs coach Ann Dark said. “He had some relatively close matches, but I never felt like he was in danger of losing. He’s got such a competitive edge. Even when he was being pushed a little, he always seemed to stay in control of the match.”
That dominance also helped Daniel repeat as The Star’s All-Metro boys tennis player of the year.
Far from being content after romping 23-0 through his first season in the high school ranks as a junior, Daniel got even better for his final go-round at BV North.
“He was preparing for that next level, college tennis at TCU, so he’d really been training for that outside of high school tennis as well,” Dark said.
Outside of the high school setting, tennis is an individual endeavor, which made Daniel’s foray into a team setting quite the departure — and, as it turned out, a welcome one.
“I really enjoyed having Trey on the team. He’s pretty shy, especially as a junior,” Dark said. “I don’t think he’d ever been part of a team at least for tennis, but I think he really enjoyed the camaraderie of being with the other guys.”
Daniel will be developing the same rapport with his fellow Horned Frogs in the fall.
“We wish him the best at TCU and I know he’ll do great at the next level,” Dark said.
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