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The Braves have four key players back. Senior Josh Vollstedt will be Borden’s No. 1 singles players. Senior Dylan Scott, junior Elijah Franklin and sophomore Kamden Hurst will play doubles.
Vollstedt’s younger brother, freshman Joseph Vollstedt, will play at either No. 2 or No. 3 singles. Both brothers played in several United States Tennis Association tournaments this summer to get them ready for the 2013 campaign.
“The way our season goes depends on the work ethic, attitude and team togetherness of our players,” Borden coach Cary Ooley said. “They have the basics of tennis now, so they must use those skills while also thinking on their feet. The player who is able to think while under pressure will come out on top in tight matches.”
Borden’s schedule is not easy with matches against Providence, Silver Creek, New Albany and Southern Athletic Conference favorite Lanesville.
Bruce Oldham has returned to his alma mater to coach the Pirates this season. Oldham has seven returning players at his disposal in senior Ben Delaney, juniors Kyle Jackson, Zach Gibson, Chris Bates and Josh Wray and sophomores Tyler Massie and Zach Witten. Delaney, Jackson and Massie are expected to see a lot of time at singles.
Charlestown has three varsity newcomers in sophomores Tyler Trinkle and Austin Smith and freshman Josh Copeland. Oldham says Silver Creek is the favorite to win the Mid-Southern Conference.
“After graduating the top two singles spots, including All-MSC player Chris Braun, this young Pirate squad will be expected to grow quickly,” Oldham said. “While there may be bumps in the road, I know this team will improve tremendously throughout the year. If the players continue to work hard and stay motivated, there is no reason we cannot compete in the MSC and have a successful season.”