The Ben Davis boys’ tennis team is looking for big things in 2013, as it returns nearly an entire varsity line up.
“The thing that is nice is that I have five guys who played varsity last year who are returning,” Ben Davis coach Kevin Vanderbush said. “I have two guys coming up from junior varsity, who were kind of on the border last year. I’m going to have a very senior-laden team with six seniors and one sophomore playing varsity. It helps when you have the older kids there.”
Vanderbush hopes that this year’s squad builds on the success from last season, as the team went 14-7.
The team will be led by a pair of singles players who will be in serious competition within the team. Jacob Volbers, who has played No.1 singles for the past two years, is battling Ian Deiters for that position this season.
Vanderbush said the in-house competition should only make the team stronger.
“The thing that’s nice about that is, the one that comes out on top will play really well at one,” Vanderbush said. “But also, we will have someone playing at two, who could very easily be a No. 1 singles type of player. I think that we’ll be very strong at the one and two singles.”
Vanderbush said that the competition would be decided the old-fashioned way.
“The two of them will play anywhere from three to five days in a row and play a best three out of five to see who will be taking over the No. 1 spot,” he said. “The other guy will be No. 2.”
Bryce Hernly, who played No. 2 doubles last year, will step in to round out the singles line-up for the Giants.
The No. 1 doubles team will consist of Garrett Bear and Tyler Schaffer.
Bringing back so much talent has Vanderbush eyeing some pretty loft goals.
“(We want to boost) the total number of wins,” he said. “Last year, we were 14-7 and I think the guys would like to eclipse that if they can. That requires that they not only play well, but that the weather cooperates, so we can get matches in.”
In addition, the Giants will be looking to defend their sectional title from last season.
“Last year was the first year we had won it in a few yeasr and were able to get that back,” Vanderbush said. “We would like to continue on with that, so it would be a goal.”
The final team goal would be to “move up the ladder a little bit in the MIC Conference.”
However, this will not be an easy one to accomplish, due to some restructuring.
“The conference this year is not going to be the same eight teams as in the past,” Vanderbush said. “It will also add Pike and Lawrence Central. For one year only, there will be 10 teams competing in the MIC Tournament…I think that they would like to move up from the typical sixth or seventh place to make a stab at a fourth or fifth place type team.”