As the tennis programs prepare to hit the court, there is uncertainty surrounding two teams while the other two squads bring back a bulk of their players from last season. Brownsburg heads into the year as the county and sectional favorite, but with improvement during the season, the Bulldogs could be challenged in the postseason.
The Bulldogs will be looking for a three-peat at the end of the season as they try to take their third straight sectional title.
With the amount of varsity players returning, it’s hard to see Brownsburg as anything but the sectional favorite at this point.
“We are very excited entering into this season given the amount of improvement we are seeing in our players thus far,” Brownsburg coach Karen Starkey said. “Our goal is to remain very disciplined and focus on one match at time.”
Brownsburg was composed mostly of sophomores and juniors last season. The Bulldogs bring back a savvy and experienced group of players that are very capable on the court.
Sam Gentry, Nathan Mehringer, Nick Wilde, Jon Class, Todd Class, Michael Clemens and Matt Irelan are all seniors that bring a lot of court experience to the Bulldogs.
Last season, Gentry was named all-conference, all-district, and all-state honorable mention and Mehringer was named all-conference, all-district, and all-state second team doubles.
“Sam has the most varsity experience, so he has been a natural leader… Nathan will be a key leader in doubles,” Starkey said. “Both Nick and Jon were all-conference last year so they are pretty gritty and well-seasoned competitors. Todd and Michael have had great success in the offseason as well and bring energy to our squad.”
Like most coaches, Starkey likes for the team to focus on the here and now and let that lay the foundation for the rest of the year.