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Senior doubles player Seth Delbridge will lead a Warriors squad that consists of several sophomores and freshmen. Three sophomores return to the team in Dustin Hurst, Dylan Burton and Kyle Rivera.
The top newcomer to watch is freshman Justin Brown, who is expected to play at No. 1 singles. Other newcomers are sophomore Kyle Swarens and freshmen Bradley Gay, Patrick Fitzgibbon, Cody Rehor, Jack Drake, Logan Cavanaugh and Dawson Dooley.
“We have a young team. We want to win them all, but we’re probably not going to do that,” Christian Academy coach Steve Brown said. “But I think we have a lot of potential for the next year or two.”
Like last year, the Generals will not have a complete team. But coach Steve Welcher thinks he has one of the best players in the area in junior Adam Bryant, who will play at No. 1 singles.
Freshmen Griffith Foley and Ethan Tackett will be Clarksville’s other two singles players. The Generals also have another freshman in Devin Fleming.
“If things go as planned, [Bryant] should be one of the better players in the area,” Welcher said. “He played in a lot of tournaments over the summer, where he played with some of the Floyd Central kids. I think the freshmen will come along.”
The Musketeers return six of their top seven players, led by senior Jordan Gray. Coach Greg Heldman welcomes back juniors Terry Chism, Alex Doebler, Clayton Marshall, Trace Myers and sophomore Grant Newcomb. Heldman says one of his eight freshmen will fill the final spot in the lineup.
Eastern will compete in two tough tournaments, which are the Jeff Classic and the New Albany Invitational. The Musketeers also will play New Albany and fellow MSC member Silver Creek.
“I expect us to be better at competing at all five positions this year,” Heldman said. “We were young last year, so I expect us to handle the momentum swings of competition much better than we did last year. The quality of our opponents has also improved, so we will have to step up our game in order to be more successful this year.”