Leesville’s men’s tennis team is working hard to break into the tops of the Cap-8 ranks this year. After a week of tryouts, February 13-17, Dr. Stone has put together a competitive team of 16.
“We do not have a lot of returning players, but we have good newcomers, and we can compete,” Stone said.
Nathan Wright, senior, said, “I think we will be pretty competitive this year. I hope our team makes the top four in the conference this year.”
Historically, Broughton and Milbrook have been very competitive in the conference, ensuring that this season will test the new Leesville players’ abilities.
“[Broughton and Milbrook] always dominate the conference. We want to compete hard for third or fourth place. With so much competition, it will come down to whoever has the best day,” said Stone.
With powerhouses in control of the CAP-8 and only the top two teams advancing to the state tournament, it will definitely be a challenge for Leesville to put themselves in the running.
One other avenue to success are individual tournaments, where the top individual players and doubles teams from each school can compete for state titles.
Wright said, “I am working really hard, and my individual goal is to make it to regional or states.”
Having a good coach can make all the difference in how a team performs as well.
“Stone is a good coach. He helps out a lot, and he knows what he is doing,” said Wright.
The 2012 men’s tennis season will be tough, but with a competitive team they have the potential for success.
Anne Cushman is a staff writer for The Mycenaean and resides in North Carolina. Her hobbies include petting horses, hang-gliding, and soccer. Some of her numerous aspirations are to climb Mount Everest, kayak the Colorado River, and write well. Also, she loves One Direction.