Shawnee expects to challenge for league tennis title

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -

CAMDEN — As Dave Hubbard enters his seventh season as boys tennis coach at Preble Shawnee, he may just have his best team yet.

“I think we are going to have a great season. I expect us to finish at the top part of the league. To be honest, I really feel we have a legitimate shot at winning a league title this year,” Hubbard said. “The top part of our lineup is probably as good as any team we will face. If we stay focused and play smart tennis, we are going to do very well, no doubt.”

Who are the Arrows’ returning varsity players?

Pierce Elliott (10) — “Pierce was our No. 1 singles player last year and returns to that spot this season. He dedicates a great deal of time to tennis including private lessons and playing in USTA events. He is a very strong all-court player who hits the ball hard and can win points from the baseline and at the net,” Hubbard said.

Luke Feck (12) — “Luke took a year off last season to play select soccer and we are very glad to have him back on the team this season. He really hasn’t missed a beat with his tennis game and is playing very well. Luke is a pure athlete with great court awareness and speed. He gets to a lot of balls that would end points against other players,” Hubbard said.

Hayden Brown (12) — “Hayden is a solid player with a good serve and a strong net game. He will be the anchor of our doubles teams. Hayden is tall and puts away any weak balls he gets at the net,” Hubbard said.

Austin Carter (12) – “Austin is a solid backcourt player who will compliment Hayden’s net game,” Hubbard said.

Brenden Whisman (11) — “Brenden is probably one of the easiest kids to coach I have ever had. He has a very positive attitude, works hard and never complains. He is good player who hits the ball well from both the forehand and backhand sides,” Hubbard said.

There are two newcomers for the Arrows this season.

Allison Zornes (11) — “Allison has been an outstanding player in our girls program the last couple years. She was recovering from ACL surgery last fall and did not compete on the girls’ team so she is eligible to play for the boys this season and we are glad to have her. Allison is a tough young lady who has fought hard to get herself back to playing at a high level after her injury,” Hubbard said.

Jackson Carter (10) — “ Jackson played JV for us last season and has improved enough to work his way into the varsity lineup this year at No. 2 doubles. He is a smart, quick player with a great attitude and willingness to work hard,” Hubbard said.

The Arrows were scheduled to begin the season on Tuesday, March 27, with a match at Madison. They are also scheduled to play at Wayne on Wednesday and at Franklin on Thursday. All matches are set to begin at 4:30 p.m.

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH