If coach Mark Vidmar has a problem in regards to numbers, it’s that he has too many players. The upside of that is he has 25 players on the roster. The downside is that just four of them have varsity experience.
The four Blue Streaks with varsity experience are Brandon Ortiz, Patrick Barton, Chris Campbell and Billy Gibson. Ortiz, Barton and junior Jacob Schauer will be important cogs in the singles aspect of the game. The other 22 players will provide depth and much-needed competition on the practice courts.
“Consistent play from Brandon Ortiz, Patrick Barton and Jacob Schauer in singles (will be key to our success),” Vidmar said. “Depth in doubles should make us competitive there.”
The road to the PAC title runs through Geneva. After that, it’s anybody’s guess.
“Geneva should dominate with the rest of the league being very competitive, especially at first singles,” Vidmar said.
Coach Bob Walker returns nearly a full lineup to a team that was 14-3 a year ago and took second in the highly competitive Chagrin Valley Conference.
Seniors Dan Walker, Alex Guthrie and Tyler West and juniors Christian Fatica, Ryan Best and Mike Walker have Walker excited about the season.
“We will need great production and leadership from our seniors,” Walker said. “If that happens, we should be right in the thick of the conference race. We’re looking forward to a great season!”
Sophomores Christian Dahnake and Elijah Rae and freshman Drew Dimmick will fight it out for last spot in the lineup.
The Pirates’ work is cut out for them when it comes to taking the next step in becoming the CVC’s best team.
“As usual, Aurora will be the team to beat in our conference,” Walker said. “We will need to split our two matches with them in the regular season and see what happens at the conference tourney.”