Cameron Petty | Staff Writer
The boys tennis team is coming back from a disappointing match that ended their season last year in the first round of sectionals. Since then, they’ve been pushing themselves harder than ever to get back on track. Last year, the boys tennis team was barely ranked and this year the Indy Star has ranked them No. 5 and described as “hard to beat.”
Third year varsity starter junior Trey Thixton was optimistic about the upcoming season. “I think we’ll play to that ranking and could have a really good year all around,” Thixton said.
Confidence is considered a major key in today’s sports, as well as experience in the big matches when it counts. With last years team being so young, Thixton hopes the returning starters could help the team go deep into the state tourney.
“There are 6 [out of 7] returning varsity starters coming back this year,” said Thixton. “I feel the experience we have compared to last year will help us get further into the state tournament and get over the .500 mark on the season.”
Confidence seems to be flowing in this year’s team and it could get them rolling even farther. Head coach Ivan Smith will be returning for his 40th season, having won 30 consecutive sectional titles from 1984-2015. With the last two seasons coming up short of sectional titles, Thixton hopes to get the Trojans back in the post-season win column.
“I feel that we’re about to take our title back, especially with the chip on our shoulder from the disappointment of the last 2 years,” said Thixton.
The boys tennis team finished with a record of 4-12 last year and have set high goals this season. With their team’s chemistry, experience and the chip on their shoulder, the team hopes to turn this year into a special season.