The Covenant Christian Warriors boys’ tennis team is in the midst of a transition.
It was only two years ago when the Warriors were ranked as high as 17th in the state with a record of 17-2, claiming yet another sectional title. But the departure of a strong senior class and limited experience has Covenant Christian looking to stay above .500 and that’s perfectly fine with them.
The Warriors went 10-7 in 2012. Covenant Christian ended up third in the city tournament but lost to Ben Davis in the first round of sectional play. Despite senior Nathan Zumbrun making it to state finals last season, the Warriors have a ways to go until they return to their form of a few seasons ago.
“Realistically, .500 is right where we’re at,” Covenant coach Mike Zumbrun said. “I actually would be happy if we duplicate last year. For us, last year was about as well as we were going to do. If the kids played hard and did what they could do I’d be happy with that again.”
While some schools look to develop their players into contenders for state titles, the Warriors would like to think of their program on different terms. This season, Covenant Christian is setting goals to its own standards.
Despite feeling like a middle of the road team, Zumbrun still aims to take home the hardware and this season is going to be no different.
“Our primary goal every year has always been to try and put ourselves in position for a sectional title,” he said. “Our major team goal is to work towards that and give ourselves a chance. Our second biggest team goal is winning the city tournament. That’s our version of the conference championship. If we can place as well as we can there and have individual success along the same lines then we are headed in the right direction.”