Coach of the Year: Roster tinkering pays off for Foy
by Adam Carrington
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June 05, 2013 12:22 AM | 1457 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Barry Foy
<Br>Staff photo by Samantha M. Shal
Barry Foy
Staff photo by Samantha M. Shal
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Barry Foy was happy with his roster flooded with senior talent.

He’ll worry about next season when the times comes.

With nine seniors on his roster, and six that started, the Walker boys tennis coach sensed something really special about the team, with the potential of a deep run into the Class A private school state tournament.

The Wolverines went as deep as they could possibly go, winning their first state tournament since 2010 with a 3-1 win over First Presbyterian Day.

Walker went through somewhat of a development stage the past two years after graduating a large senior class from its 2010 team, though it did make it to the second round of the playoffs in 2011 and ’12.

But once Foy groomed another crop of seniors, Walker became a threat.

“I knew we would be pretty good,” said Foy, the 2013 Marietta Daily Journal/Cobb County Boys Tennis Coach of the Year after coaching Walker to its third state title in 10 years. “We had six seniors whose goal it was to win a state championship. I knew we had a chance to go a long way.”

This year’s championship was capped by one of Walker’s more impressive finishes in the state finals, with a little teamwork at singles to get it done.

After both of the Wolverines’ doubles teams won their matches handily, No. 1 singles player Derrick Brown couldn’t close his match in straight sets after failing to convert match point.

Meanwhile, Alan Norsworthy scrapped his way back into his match at No. 2 singles after dropping the first set and took the final point with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory in a match that took nearly three hours.

Walker was destined to have a talented singles unit behind Brown, who will be play at Chattanooga next year, year-round player Norsworthy and No. 3 standout Austin Newsome.

But early in the season, Foy tinkered with the lineup to help the Wolverines score points. He moved Newsome back to doubles, where he ended up going undefeated with Sloan Coolbroth at No. 2.

Will Chocallo was paired up with Daniel Sosnovsky at No. 1 doubles for second straight year and also didn’t lose a match.

“We were trying to figure out the solid lineup that would give us the best chance to win,” Foy said of the championship match with First Presbyterian Day. “We felt like we had a good chance of winning both doubles and at least one of our top two singles.”

A grueling non-area schedule also helped Walker. The Wolverines beat Class AAAAAA state quarterfinalist Harrison at the beginning of the season, then nearly defeated Kennesaw Mountain, another Class AAAAAA quarterfinalist.

It was that 3-2 loss to Kennesaw Mountain on April 15 that motivated Walker going into the Area 4A tournament, which it claimed against North Cobb Christian.
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