Times Sports Editor
The Northview boys' tennis team comes into this year looking to extend a four-year, sectional championship streak and looks to have the experience and talent to do just that in 2010.
The Knights own 10 sectional championships since 1991 and bring back six seniors that were a part of last year's title winning squad.
First-year coach, Craig Cook, takes the reigns of a team that is one of the largest in recent memory.
"We've had a lot of kids come out (for tennis)," Cook said. "We've got 21 kids out, so our numbers are up. We do have a lot of kids back with experience so we're looking forward to the season."
Northview posted an 18-7 overall match record last year and brings back five of the seven members of the sectional championship team, which gives Cook the luxury of experience.
"We've had a few kids step up and move up a little bit," Cook said. "Right now we're pretty much in a rotation of seven for the first few matches. From there, based on challenge matches and things like that we can make adjustments.
Right now we've got a couple of singles players back. Carson Kleiber will start at No. 1 singles for us, Caleb Mershon will be at No. 2 singles and Dillon Reynolds will play at No. 3," Cook added.
Mershon and Kleiber played at No. 1 and No. 2 singles last year and should be experienced leaders this season along with Reynolds, who played at No. 2 doubles last year.
"They are the leaders of our team and I expect a lot out of them as far as their game and also helping the others with their game," Cook said.
The No. 1 doubles team will be led by a pair of returning seniors in Joey Thomas and Sam Miller with Cole Watts and Bryce Britton at No. 2 doubles.
"It's kind of hard to know until we get up against other doubles teams, but there again, we have guys with experience back either from playing varsity last year or JV last season," said Cook "Joey Thomas will be our anchor at No. 1 doubles pretty much the whole season. I expect him and his partner to accomplish big things this year.
"(Having numbers) will be big especially next year when we lose a big group of seniors," Cook said of graduating six at the end of the season. So there will be a lot expected of the (younger) classes) during the offseason from some of our younger kids."
The Knights have focused on claiming an 11th sectional championship as one of its goals along with a conference title.
Northview opens the season tonight at North Central (Farmersburg) at 5 p.m.