Senior Max Maybury and sophomore Cam Engdahl make up one aggressive duo on the tennis court.
Maybury, a senior, quickly moves across the court, while his partner, Engdahl, steadily keeps the ball in play. The two starters advanced to the third round at the Individuals’ State Tournament last week with their winning strategy.
“They had a good . They obviously played very well together, but they have different styles. Max is a lot more aggressive. They are very good partners,” said Chelmsford High Head Coach Andy Shupe.
This season marks the first year that Maybury and Engdahal have been doubles partners. The paring has worked perfectly with Shupe’s strategy, and the two have played just about every match together.
“We played 18 matches. We gave some other kids a chance to play (for a few matches), but Cam and Max definitely would have finished 16-2, had I let them play the whole season,” said Shupe.
In addition to winning 13 matches, Engdahl and Maybury have gone undefeated in MVC matches for the entire season, an accomplishment that could lead to being named to the All Conference team. Shupe said those honors will be awarded later this week, but it is realistic that Engdahl and Maybury could get the award.
Maybury, a four year veteran, was a starter for his junior and senior years. Shupe said that this year, Maybury worked hard and stepped his game up to the next level.
“He’s really grown a lot as a player this year,” said Shupe. “He struggled last year with some fundamental technical stuff, but also his overall mental approach to the game; he’s really worked hard at it this year. Max put a lot more time and effort into it, and (he and Cam) have really become a clutch team.”
“He has some technical flaws at his game, but he’s really smart about hiding them, Max has intelligent core positioning and is smart about picking the right shot," said Shupe.
Engdahl was a key starter this season as a sophomore, said Shupe. Shupe said after this breakout season, he expects him to play a key role for the team next year.
“Cam is a sophomore. He made the team as a freshman, but didn’t play varsity. He’s a young player with a lot of ability. He’s got a pretty strong back court game, and I think doubles is something that he had to get used to. He’s certainly improved his net game as the year has gone on,” said Shupe.
“Cam is starting to become a lot more aggressive from the back court. He can dictate plays through the round. He’s had a good year, and were looking forward to having him on the team for a couple more years," he said.
Shupe said if Engdahl works hard over the summer, and enters some tournaments, he can step his game up to the next level.
“There will be a lot of open spots next year, and were going to be looking for him to play some singles for us. Cam has become a good high school tennis player, and to take the step to become a very good high school tennis player, he needs to get some tournament experience,” said Shupe.
Maybury, who plans to attend MIT in the fall, wants to focus on academics, but will most likely continue to play tennis recreationally.
The entire tennis team will compete in the MIAA team tournament next week.
“Well we will see what kind of draw we can get and our goal is to win a couple rounds,” said Shupe.