tennis coach Tom Bour knows his team has put in the time. Starting Tuesday
at home against Highland, he finds out if it was enough.
are as high as they’ve been in a long time,” Bour said. “Our boys really
worked hard in the offseason and improved at every spot. We’ve lost some
leadership and talent, but we’ve filled those shoes nicely.”
Mario returns to man the No. 1 singles spot after an 11-5 campaign last year
that earned him All-Conference and All-District honors.
“He isn’t going to
surprise anybody like he did last year,” Bour said. “This team has been
focused on strong effort at practice, challenging themselves every day and
more team confidence. Every day we talk about that.”
The No. 2 singles
spot will be handled by Dylan Jayasuriya. The No. 3 spot returns Zac Nabhan,
while Matt Jewison, Cameron Cook and Connor Archibald also will vie for
“Nobody played more
than Dylan did in the off-season,” Bour said. “Zac will play a huge role in
our success this year. He can play singles and doubles depending on the
In doubles, Nabhan
and Chris Fouts have put a stamp on the No. 1 spot, while James Jewison and
Alec Emmons seem to have the inside track at No. 2.
“Practice has been
outstanding,” Bour said. “This team isn’t looking ahead. They are just
focused on what’s going on right now and it’s great to see them work this