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CHS Boys Tennis serves up 2017 season on Saturday in South Bend

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Chesterton boys tennis coach Tom Bour has turned the program into one of the area’s best, now he has to keep it going.

The Trojans lost a lot of talent from last year’s Sectional championship team, but should fill in the gaps as they pursue a fourth straight Sectional crown.

“ We lost a lot of talent and leadership from last year,” Bour said. “We’ve become a program that just fills in the lineup with more talent and youth. We’ll do what we can. Our expectations are as high as they’ve always been. We’re looking to win a fourth Sectional in a row and win the DAC.”

Five seniors are on the Chesterton roster led by No. 1 singles player Matt Jewison. Jewison played No. 2 singles for the Trojans a year ago.

“With Matt, we’ve got a lot of experience at the top of the lineup,” Bour said.

Junior Chad Whelan will man the No. 2 singles spot and sophomore Nick Hanson looks poised to take over at No. 3 singles.

“ We’ve been talking about how the program is a success now because everyone is buying in,” Bour said. “The guys are committing to tennis and getting better every year. If you’re happy playing No. 5 doubles then you won’t be here.”

In doubles, senior Blake Ellenwood will team with sophomore Luke Liapes at No. 1. Senior Paul Petro will form one half of the No. 2 doubles squad with sophomore Drew Engels and senior Creighton Gaff fighting to be his teammate.

“Depth is our strength,” Bour said. “We’ll be strong 5-6 deep and that will win us a lot of matches. The kids know what we expect out of them. We compete every day in practice. Not only are we doing drills and conditioning, but they play a match every day.”



Posted 8/17/2017




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