”Aaron Meyers is an excellent player,” he said. “I have noticed a much improved serve this year over last. Jason and Wyatt Wohltman are both quite steady players with no holes in their games. They too have worked hard this past winter to take their games to another level.”
The underclassmen are inexperienced, but Brumleve says there is no shortage of talent. He expects the likes of sophomore Jacob Gadberry and eight freshmen to find ways to contribute and help the team.
”Count none of these players out of possible varsity play,” he said. “They are all very hard workers and will contribute in some capacity.”
Competition has run abundant in the preseason, as Brumleve tries to settle in on his starting lineup. Both the singles and doubles slots are still being determined, with a bevy of talented players vying for time.
”All of our guys are ready and challenging fiercely to fill the voids,” Brumleve said.
When a final lineup is selected, Brumleve has a clear vision for this season. He wants to challenge in every tournament, as well as have a few extra players participate in May’s state meet.
”The main goal for this team is to simply play hard and win as many matches as possible,” he said. “We would also like to play competitively in the tournaments and qualify several players for state competition.”
Effingham will hit the courts for the second time this season when they travel to Robinson on Monday.
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