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Veteran TC tennis team expects good year again

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By LARRY GOFFINET
Sports Editor

TELL CITY—Tell City returns most of the players from its best boys tennis team in years but graduated its No. 1 singles player.
It wasn’t just any No. 1 singles player either. Anjan Kashyab made all-conference four years (no other Marksman boy has done it more than twice) and earned a scholarship to play for Murray State University.
“Anjan compiled a countless amount of wins through his four years, all but one victory at No. 1 singles,” noted Tell City Coach Nick Weyer. “So it’ll be different not having him in the lineup at No. 1 singles this year.
“He’s been hitting with us all summer—he’s such a part of our team. But we’ll figure it out as we progress through the season.
“Everyone’s been working extremely hard not to fill Anjan’s void but rather to become a better player to help our team.
“Several have been to Owensboro (to play indoors) this winter and we had good attendance at our open court sessions this summer.”
Jake Swihart, who played No. 2 singles as a freshman last year and was the only Marksman to win a match in the sectional finals against Castle, will likely move up to No. 1 singles.
Also returning are the rest of last year’s sectional lineup. Zach Fisher played No. 3 singles then, Jeff Yeung and Austin Paulin played No. 1 doubles, and Kevin Yeung and Tyler Groves played No. 2 doubles.
But Weyer said Thursday he has not determined who will play what position. “We’re still playing challenge matches.”
He listed Jeff Yeung, Fisher, Luke Thomas, freshman Chandler Lacy and Swihart and said, “Out of these five, three will play singles.”
Both doubles teams return intact “and both had good results,” said Weyer. “So we may pair them together again or move them if a better match can be found.
“Doubles success depends a lot on team chemistry. Just because two players are better than another two does not mean they play well together.”
Tell City finished third in the PAC with a 6-2 conference record last year. “We’ll look to be near the top again, but it’ll be hard,” said Weyer. “Gibson Southern, North Posey and Southridge will be strong once again.”
The Marksmen will play Gibson Southern and North Posey in road matches to start the season. “That’s a disadvantage as we look to find our perfected lineup, but we’re ready for the challenge,” said Weyer.
Tell City finished 9-3 overall last year but lost in the sectional finals to Castle, which won the tourney for the 19th year in a row.
“They’ll be tough again,” said Weyer. “For us to win it, our doubles have to be strong.”