Boys tennis smashes Hanover

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Andrew Walsh (9) returns the ball to his opponent. The Indians played at home on Sept. 21.

Anastasia Papanikolaou

On Sept. 21, the varsity boys tennis team took on the Hanover Central Wildcats at home. The Indians beat the Wildcats 4-1. This year is Hanover’s first season with a boys’ team, so Coach Ralph Holden, Social Studies, let the players play different positions.

“Hanover [battled] us pretty well. They’re a first year program down in Cedar Lake. I got them on the schedule this year to help them out and give them a match. We have three kids that don’t normally play varsity, so we can get new kids in. We had different kids in different spots because all three of our seniors didn’t play. I gave them the day off, so they had to workout and do other things on the side. We play Crown Point tomorrow, and that’s a tough match. They’re the best team in the conference and the area,” Coach Holden said.

Some of the players were pleased with their performance against Hanover.

“I think that I played a really great game. I played a doubles match with Ammaar [Mohammed (9)]. We were competitive, we had great teamwork playing together and we brought it all together for the win. Playing Hanover was a great morale booster for the rest of the team going into our game against Crown Point. I’m really looking forward to [the Crown Point] match and whatever else comes from the freshman, JV and varsity team members,” Noah Meyer (11) said.

Others did not believe that the team played as well as they could have.

“We could have played better. We could have played more aggressively, but also more consistently,” Keith Crawford (11) said.

The boys take on the Crown Point Bulldogs in their last home match and senior night on Sept. 22. The Bulldogs are one of the Indians fiercest competitors.

“We need to be very consistent, and we need to run every shot. [Crown Point is] a very talented team, but when you play teams that are more talented you have to get the extra shot back. We also need to limit our mistakes. Unforced errors have been killing us all year, and we have to get rid of those tomorrow. If we get rid of those and run everything down we will be competitive,” Coach Holden said.