ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Eau Claire Memorial senior Zach Wolfe

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- On Friday nights during the fall, you'll see him under lights for the Eau Claire Memorial football team. But in the spring, Zach Wolfe's days are spent on the tennis court. Over a four year span, he's become one the State's best doubles players. Zach is our Osseo Automotive Athlete of the Week.

With the spin of the racquet and toss of the ball, Zach Wolfe is ready for action. While every point starts at the service line, it's Zach's emphasis to finish it at the net.

"You've got to be a certain kind of guy who likes to be at the net," Wolfe said. "It takes a lot of practice. I just like to put a volley past someone."

"It's incredible," Wolfe's doubles partner Sam Rechek exclaimed. "I've never seen anything like it. The 'pop' is a great sound."

Playing the net is tough. You have to have quick reflexes, fast feet, great instincts, and probably most important, you have to be aggressive.

"You've got to finish points, so if you get the chance, you have to be aggressive and go after balls," Wolfe said. "Aggression, you can't really teach. You've just got to go out there and do it."

"He's a little cat-like up there," head coach Jim Litscher added. "Anything that he can get, he does. He typically ends the point."

Zach didn't start playing competitive doubles tennis until he reached High School, but it didn't him long to realize that his strength was in numbers.

"I always try to play singles and it's just too long for me," Wolfe explained. "I'm not as consistent so I like to get the point done. That's what got me through that."

"We've had a lot of singles players that were better than him in singles, but in doubles not too many," Litscher said. "That's what he does as well as anybody I've ever had."

Zach took on sophomore Sam Rechek as his partner in his final year with the Old Abes, and it's worked out great. The two have managed to terrorize opponents all spring long.

"I bring the energy and he brings the purpose I feel like," Rechek added. "Playing at that level is a lot easier when you have someone you want to prove yourself to. And so for me, that's Zach."

"I'm just trying to just be the best I can to him, and he's going to be a great player," Wolfe said. "He works really hard."

High School is winding down fast, but Zach's tennis career is far from over as he'll continue playing in college next year at St. Thomas University.

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