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2014 Record: 7-7 (2nd in the West)
Owner: John Cooper & Springfield-Greene County Park Board
Key Additions: John Isner
Key Losses: James Blake, Olga Govortsova
Returners: Michael Russell
Coach: John-Laffnie de Jager
The Springfield Lasers turned around a middling 2014 regular season to come from nowhere to upset the San Diego Aviators in the Western Conference Championships. Though they fell to the Kastles in the final, it was their second straight appearance on that stage, and Coach John-Laffnie de Jager fully believes the team can go one better in 2015.
“A team like Washington -- they have quality players on their team, and they have players that have played at the big stage,” de Jager admits. “They know how to win; they have players who have won Grand Slam titles. So when you’re playing the big matches, those guys step up. Hopefully this year with the team that we have now, we can have one or two lucky breaks.
“Last year, we lost seven out of the nine three-all points in the first two sets so that makes a huge difference.”
De Jager has made some slight changes to the line-up, with men’s singles stalwart Michael Russell supporting Springfield on the days former No. 9 John Isner isn’t headlining play for the Lasers. Russell led the professional team tennis league in men’s singles last season, while Isner is a Mylan WTT veteran, with four seasons already under his belt.