Sophomore steps up for tennis team

As seniors graduate and move on from high school sports, their athletic ability and leadership is lost from the team as others players are expected to step up.

As boys tennis prepares to take on the upcoming season, expectations are high for sophomore Ethan Gray.

“Ethan has really stepped up this year as a leader by being a good teammate and keeping the team up-beat and positive,” sophomore Charlie Brooks said.

Coaches have seen an improvement in the whole team and specifically Gray.

“Ethan has definitely improved as a player,” said Coach Jeremy Runge. “His ground strokes have improved tremendously, and his serve is much better.”

As coaches have seen improvement in Gray, so has he.

“I don’t focus on my individual accomplishments, I just want the team to do well and have a great season,” he said. “I improved this offseason by playing almost every day, working hard, and just trying to improve my game as a whole. I went to a clinic at Center Grove and played in countless tournaments across Indiana and Ohio.”

With new leaders and players coming in, expectations are high for this season.

“I expect us to be incredibly competitive,” said Coach Runge. “I think we have a really good shot at conference and I think we can definitely push Center Grove.”

Gray agreed.

“I expect us to make it to Regionals, if not Semi-State,” said Gray. “I think that we will definitely compete with the conference and one of my main goals is to beat Center Grove.”



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