Even-keeled Alcala leading Pickerington North

Whether Pickerington North’s Cole Alcala will finish his high school tennis career in the same fashion as his older sister remains to be seen, but his coach is convinced a Division I state tournament berth is a distinct possibility.

“Nobody has worked harder than Cole (since last season),” 18th-year Panthers coach Brian Hoff said of his senior first-singles player. “Cole has taken his game to a new level. He’s certainly one of the top players in central Ohio and a legitimate threat to make the state tournament. “

Downplaying his own improvement, Alcala is more excited about the team’s prospects than the chance of making state for the first time and adding to a family legacy. His sister di lui, 2020 graduate Cassie Alcala, was the girls team’s first state competitor and qualified all four seasons – finishing second in singles in 2017 and third in 2019.

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