Wills named Boys Tennis Player of the Year

Stephen Wills

It’s cliché, but true; Stephen Wills aced it!

The Summerville senior had an 18-4 record entering the final two matches of the regular season, both Region 7-AAAAA matches. With that pair of matches still looming, Wills was a leading candidate for the 2018 Region 7 Player of the Year honor. Regardless of whether he will receive that honor, he is the Summerville Communications Boys Tennis Player of the Year.

“Stephen has been a blessing to the Summerville Tennis Program,” Green Wave coach Jesse Gladis said. “His drive has developed him into one of the best competitors to come out of the program and he has pushed teammates to have some of the best years of their lives on court as well.”

Wills, who has signed to play for Coker College next school year, is a six-time varsity letterman and four-year starter for the Green Wave with a career record of 64-10. He led the team in wins in 2015 and was the 2017 Green Wave MVP, an award he just may win again this year. Wills is a three-time all-region player likely to receive that honor a fourth time and was nominated, but as of press time not yet accepted, for the North-South All-star Weekend.

“He's just a fabulous kid,” Gladis said. “He works extremely hard and has a huge heart. He doesn't want to disappoint his coach, parents, teachers or classmates. I've been so proud of him this year for overcoming some of the personal goals I think that he even thought were out of reach.”