Meet the captains of the 2021 Varsity Tennis Program!
Ryan Luke '22
From Milford, MI
Attended St. Patrick White Lake for Middle School
Member of Our Lady of the Snows Parish
Nicholas Maynard '22
From Northville, MI
Attended Meads Mill for Middle School
Member of Our Lady of Victory Parish
Nikola Milosevich '22
From Farmington Hills, MI
Attended Our Lady of Sorrows Middle School
Member of St. Petka Parish
We asked them a number of questions about the team, their own experience at CC, and any advice they might have for potential Shamrocks...
What was your first reaction when you heard you had been named a captain?
Luke: I was shocked, but at the same time I was ready to take on the role.
Maynard: I was excited to be in a position that I had been building up to scene freshmen year.
Milosevich: Excited. I was able to lead my brothers in something we all enjoy and love.
As a captain, what additional responsibility do you feel toward the team?
Luke: I feel as if my duty of being a good role model has been heightened. The title of captain brings a certain focus on how we act, play, and carry ourselves.
Maynard: I have to provide the best experience for the players on the team while, preparing them for high level competition.
Milosevich: Leadership. Some times I feel like more of a mentor, especially for the younger guys on the team.
What goals have you set for this season, both as a team and individual?
Luke: Individually, my goals include making the most out of my senior season as possible. As a team, we have a goal to first make the state championship, and then to win as much as we can once we get there.
Maynard: We would like to be competitive at states this year as a team, and as an individual I would like to take a state title.
Milosevich: As a team, our goal is to be the best team we can be. One goal was to beat Rice, which we did. An individual goal would be to win states.
What are your best memories of competing for Catholic Central?
Luke: Competitively, by far my favorite memory is coming back against Novi at Regionals last season. My partner, Owen Kendall, and I had lost the first set 6-0, but came back to win in a tiebreak.
Maynard: Traveling to state competition with some of my best friends was a very lasting memory for me.
Milosevich: The best memories I’ve made are the memories I got to share with my brothers. From hour long bus rides to going to practice everyday.
What are the most important lessons you've learned through competing at Catholic Central?
Luke: In order to succeed, a team must be on the same page. This applies to just with your partner or with the whole team. A team must share goals, motives, and desires to work together to achieve them. Also, make the most out of your time.
Maynard: I've learned how to delegate time well. During season with school and sports time is tight and learning to manage it is important.
Milosevich: One of the most important lessons I've learned is anything is possible. No matter what your goal is with hard work and persistence you can accomplish anything.
What advice would you give a student who is considering attending Catholic Central?
Luke: Make the most out of your athletic seasons, because you only have four and they fly by.
Maynard: I would say to make the experience worth it by getting involved in sports or clubs. When I was a freshmen being on a team gave me a great advantage.
Milosevich: Do your best from the get go. Freshman year is just as important as any.
Coach Robbie Risdon is very excited about the captains on her team this year.
"Nikola, Nick and Ryan are outstanding captains," she said. "They have provided the leadership that the tennis team needs to reach the goal of getting to States. They have the experience and dedication to lead the team. CC Tennis had a big wins against 7th ranked Skyline 5-3 to win the Saline Invite and also 5th ranked Brother Rice 5-4. It is an exciting season."
We wish the tennis program the best of luck as they continue their season!
Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For more than ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact on their communities at a local, national, and global level.