The month of August means school is back in session, the sun is shining and boys tennis season is back. The 2013 season is sure to bring highly competitive matches from the best southwestern Indiana has to offer.
As a team in 2012, the Hatchets lost to Vincennes Rivet in the finals of the sectional. Washington coach Jason Johnston will welcome three seniors, who played varsity last year.
“The good thing is we have some experience coming back with the three seniors,” Johnston said. “We only have a couple new guys that are trying to get their way onto varsity, but I think we have a pretty solid lineup. You never know until the matches start.”
All things have gone to plan in the first week of the season for Washington. The Hatchets won their first two matches against Sullivan and Barr-Reeve, both in 5-0 decisions. Washington finished in first in the eight-team Washington Invitational Saturday morning.
Sophomore Lucas Miller will anchor the lineup for the second straight year at No. 1 singles, followed by Corey Thompson at No. 2 singles and Jacob Luttrell at the third singles position. Jake Bedwell-Tyler Stoll will start at No. 1 doubles, and No. 2 doubles will be John Harner-Michael Ramsey.
“Our singles lineup is going to pretty tough to beat,” Johnston said. “Jake Bedwell played JV mainly last year, so he has to step it up this year. This will be Michael’s (Ramsey) first time on varsity as well.”
Johnston said Miller’s ability to set the tone for the rest of the team will be important this season as his play continues to evolve.
“Last year Lucas (Miller) had a lot of match play under his belt, but he went through the bumps of the road last season in playing higher quality guys,” Johnston said. “He’s put the work in this offseason — his serve has improved tremendously and will make a huge difference. He’s controlling the ball a lot better, I think he’ll end points sooner.”