Clever coach Dan Jones would like to see the athleticism a group of his players have gained from playing basketball carry over to the tennis court.
“We’re young and athletic with a bunch of new players who are basketball players,” Jones said. "I’m excited about how good we’re going to be. By the end of the season, we’re going to be more improved than most teams because of our athleticism.”
Leading the Jays is Kevin Lamberson at No. 1 singles. He will team with Noah Losh at No. 1 doubles. They are Jones’ most experienced players.
“Kevin should do real well. He has got a shot to get out of Districts in singles,” Jones said. “Maybe our No. 1 doubles team of Kevin and Noah could, if they come along.”
Jones hopes competition spurs progress in Clever’s lower singles slots.
“Our 4-5-6-7 spots are not set. They very competitive,” he sad.
Competition on the other side of the net will be high quality, Jone said.
“We have a tough schedule. I don’t expect us to win a ton of matches," he said. "But I think we’ll be competitive in quite a few matches and hopefully we'll be able to pull out a couple of them."