North Tahoe boys tennis low on numbers
North Tahoe’s boys tennis program is once again battling numbers. According to head coach Billy Knight, the North Tahoe team will forfeit all of its doubles competitions this season because the team does not have enough players to fill each match.
The Lakers roster is only six deep.
Because he is forced to forfeit each doubles contest, Knight said that this season’s focus will be on the three seniors who have put in four years for the program.
“I’ve made this season all about the three seniors,” Knight said.
According to Knight, all three of his fourth-year seniors wanted to play singles, so none of them will be playing doubles, which is where the shortfall will really be felt.
The three seniors who have been with the program for four years are captains Taylor Tomlinson and David Phipps, along with Brandon Florsheim.
Senior Tyler Fidler is a new addition to the program, and the team is rounded out with upper classmen by junior Kyle Lowis.
While Knight said he most likely will not continue to coach North Tahoe after this season, he said the bright spot for the program is Dylan Lane, a freshman who shows promise and will greatly help the program in the next four years.
Knight said that what North Tahoe really needs is a quality youth tennis program to get kids involved and experienced on the tennis court before they enter high school.
Knight, who runs the tennis program in Incline Village through IVGID, says that because of the popularity of the Recreation Center tennis program he runs in Incline, Incline High School’s tennis program has about 16 students on the team.
With no formal off-season tennis program in the North Tahoe area, youth do not become interested in the sport, Knight said.
Of course, overall decline in enrollment at North Tahoe High does not help the numbers problem either.
With only six players, Knight has no delusions of grandeur.
“We won’t win anything,” Knight said of his outlook on the season as a whole.
Having said that, Knight is also confident that his players will give it everything they have, especially the seniors who will go out with a bang in their fourth year with the program.
“We’re gonna go in short-handed,” Knight said. “These three seniors are gonna try as hard as they can.”
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