The Northview boys tennis program is one year removed from what finished as a bit of a disappointing season. The Knights lost their first round sectional match to White River Valley on their home court and then watched as WIC foe Owen Valley headed to Regional competition with the sectional title.
Coach Tim Davis is cautiously optimistic that this season could be an improvement. "It looks promising right now, commented Davis during practice on Monday evening. "Some of these guys didn't work on their game as much as they should have during the summer but we've added Shawn Hughes in at number three singles and moved Tyler and Cody up to numbers one and two."
Hughes, a sophomore, will help add depth to the Knights lineup this season, especially with Tyler Akers and Cody Melega returning to the lineup in singles play.
Akers and Melega fleshed out the singles lineup last year behind Jared Freeman who graduated from the top singles position. But Hughes should add depth and versatility. "Shawn (Hughes) will start in the number three position but he can play doubles as well. Number three is a good spot for him to be in."
Northview will also bring back Stefan Kiefer to the lineup for doubles play along with Jacob Talbot, Jeremy Miller and Ben Mitchell. Freshman Alex Smith will join the mix as well.
"Sullivan and West Vigo will be pretty strong this year. I think we can compete against the rest of the teams but we'll have to play well versus Sullivan and West Vigo," commented Davis.
The Knights kick off their season with a road match versus Bloomfield on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
2003 Northview Boys Tennis Schedule
|Aug. 20||at Bloomfield||5 p.m.|
|Aug. 23||at Brown County||10 a.m.|
|Aug. 25||vs. White River Valley||5 p.m.|
|Aug. 26||at Danville||5 p.m.|
|Aug. 30||at Sullivan (JV)||11 a.m.|
|Sept. 3||vs. Linton||5 p.m.|
|Sept. 9||at Greencastle||5 p.m.|
|Sept. 11||vs. Sullivan||5 p.m.|
|Sept. 13||at T.H. South Tourn.||9 a.m.|
|Sept. 15||vs. Rockville||5 p.m.|
|Sept. 16||at Edgewood||5 p.m.|
|Sept. 22||at S.Vermillion||5 p.m.|
|Sept. 24||vs. Owen Valley||5 p.m.|
|Sept. 25||vs. T.H. North||5 p.m.|
|Sept. 27||Northview Inv.||9 a.m.|