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The Hornets return five veterans to their lineup. Senior Landon Guthrie and sophomore Elijah Weeks will play singles, while seniors Logan Smith and Cameron Hardesty will most likely be the No. 1 doubles tandem. The other returning player is sophomore Luke Davidson.
Junior newcomer Emery Dieterlen is expected to fill one of the singles spots. Other newcomers for the Hornets are Conrad Beyl and Mason Edwards. Coach Brian Consley expects Lanesville and Borden to be the favorites in the SAC.
“I’m hoping to be .500 or above this season,” Consley said. “I think we can compete in the conference possibly.”
Junior Alec Bates and freshman Logan Charbonneau are currently battling for the Bulldogs’ No. 1 singles spot.
As for the doubles spots, juniors Jake Kennard and Tanner Goller are expected to move up to the No. 1 position after playing two doubles a year ago. Junior Nick White and sophomore Jacob Stevens, who both played JV last season, will be the No. 2 doubles squad. Senior Zach Daniel is expected to factor into the lineup.
Coach Bob Dusch expects Floyd Central, Jeffersonville and Columbus East to be the contenders for the HHC Tournament title.
“The good news is we only have one senior in the first seven. That gives us a lot to build on,” Dusch said. “I think we’ll be a formidable team by season’s end.”
The Mustangs bring back five upperclassmen this season in seniors Travis McKim and Dakota Dieterlen and juniors Jake Zimmerman, Logan Miles and Colin Schindler. Freshmen Miles Matthews and Caleb Ellison are expected to be in the lineup several times.
Coach Wayne Davis says New Washington’s schedule is tougher with the addition of a dual match against Jennings County and a tournament at Corydon Central.
“We seem to have a much more competitive nature in practice this year, and that should carry over to our matches,” Davis said. “The freshman class has brought some talent and toughness and I’ll be surprised if a couple of them don’t start at some point. We will be on a learning curve, but I think we’ll end up being a team to contend with.”