Loving the match

As the season progresses, the boys’ tennis team aims to increase their competitive edge


Photo by Julie Albertson

BALLS TO THE WALL: Senior Ty Ransburg prepares to slam a serve past his opponent. Ransburg, a veteran of the tennis team, will play a critical role in helping the team advance to another sectional win.

As the fall season begins to roll around, many sports begin hit their stride. Competition between schools heats up, athletes start performing at their peaks, and teams vy for coveted state tournament titles. One such team setting up for big goals this season is the boys’ tennis team.

For the previous four years, the team has garnered sectional championships for the school, creating a competitive yet close-knit spirit within the team.

“We’re pretty close,” freshman Chris Stanley said. “Everyone on the team enjoys the sport as well as stays competitive.”

Stanley, despite only being a freshman, maintains a top singles spot on the team. He and his brother, senior Benjamin Stanley, both have a background playing in tennis tournaments outside of school, adding to the team’s competitiveness.

“My biggest goal for the season is improving my serve,” Chris Stanley said. “I’m also making sure that I’m trying as a hard as possible [to play my best].”

Other players vying for varsity spots include senior Ty Ransburg and junior Henry Howe. Ransburg has been a key member of the team since his freshman year, while Howe brings a fresh face to the team after transferring from Center Grove.

Although the team has lost its first two matches thus far with a 3-2 loss against Franklin Central and a 4-1 loss against Perry Meridian, it came back stronger than ever to defeat Covenant Christian in a 4-1 win. The team hopes to continue its hard work to ensure a successful season.