Young Polk County men’s tennis team finding strengthsPublished 6:51pm Thursday, March 14, 2013
A non-conference match against Highland Tech during poor tennis weather showed Coach Richard Davis both positive and negative aspects of his team.
“We have a really young team,” Davis said as windy conditions whipped through the tennis court. “We basically only have one returning player from last year that was in the top six.”
It’s a difficult position for a team to find themselves in only a year out from expecting to win every match played.
“It’s going to be a learning year,” Davis continued. “It’s really a brand new experience for almost everybody, but the seniors we have, have really stepped up their leadership for the younger players.”
Those seniors, who are expected to be competitive all year, are Cade Lanning, Andrew Lee and Ben Stockdale – the returning top six player. Coach Davis said he also has high hopes for junior Nick Morse, saying Morse is playing the best tennis he ever has and is just barely outside the top six.