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Unity and chemistry driving NHS tennis success

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
Nordhoff High School (NHS) boys’ tennis coach Todd Dickey is excited about this year’s team and for good reason. Through its first two matches this season, the Rangers are undefeated.
NHS topped Oxnard, 16-2, and then came back and dominated Channel Islands by the same score a day later.
“This is the deepest team I have had since 2011 and that year we won the league title,” said Dickey. “We have lots of great leadership and I think our biggest strength is that our kids have been playing together for a number of years. They know each other and trust each other.”
Most of the players in the NHS program came up playing World Team Tennis and Junior Team Tennis through the Ojai Recreation Department and that has laid a solid foundation for high school success noted Dickey.
The Rangers have been led by seniors Victor Becker and Mikel Elizalde, who are serving as co-captains for the team this spring.
A trio of sophomores in Shawn Rothermel, Elias Simon and Dakota Martin are emerging as major contributors for the Rangers. 

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