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Columbus North looking for strong season in boys tennis
August 22, 2013Columbus North High School
An experienced group of players returns to lead the Columbus North boys tennis team.
With all but one graduate returning from a squad that went 16-4 last season, the Bull Dogs look to have a strong squad in 2013.
Senior Luke Red is the team's top player. He went 6-3 in singles and 13-3 in doubles last fall; he is likely to return to full-time singles action this season.
Among those competing for singles spots are junior Anthony Sanders, senior Krishan Narsinghani, sophomore Kevin Luo and sophomore Rahul Jha. Others vying are junior Jake Likens, sophomore Aditya Mantri, while junior Mitchell Miller's playing status is uncertain because of a wrist injury. Also, seniors Kamal Maharjan and Nick Littrell figure to see some time in the varsity lineup in doubles positions.
"We are undecided on a specific lineup until we decide what to do with singles," said CN coach Kendal Hammel, whose squad begins its season on Friday and Saturday in the Jeffersonville Invitational. "Once singles spots are determined, some players may move into doubles spots."
Overall, Hammel is encouraged by the potential of this team. But he knows both Jha and Miller must overcome medical concerns before they will be ready to contribute at their usual level.
Red had a strong summer, winning multiple titles in the annual Columbus City Tournament, while others return after strong records last season.
Narsinghani was 17-3 in singles and 3-1 in doubles last season, while Luo was 14-1 in singles and 1-0 in doubles. Sanders was 12-12 in singles, while Jha was 6-3 in singles and 1-0 in doubles. Miller was 19-6 in duobles, while Mantri was 16-3 in doubles. Maharjan was 3-4 in doubles, Littrell 2-0 in double and Likens was 1-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles.
Columbus North won last season's sectional after Columbus East snapped a Bull Dogs' streak of 12 consecutive titles in 2011. But last season's matches were close, CN topping the Olympians 3-2 in the regular-season and sectional encounters.
Thus, Hammel knows his team must be at its best when the postseason arrives.
"We had been pretty dominant against East until the last couple of years," the coach said. "They've been stronger the past couple of years, and they will be good again this year. We will have to make sure we are ready."
Should the Bull Dogs prevail in the sectional on Oct. 2-4, one difference this year is that Columbus North will host the regional on Oct. 8-9. The regional winner will advance to the Jasper Semistate on Oct. 12. The semistate winner moves to the eight-team State Finals that will be Oct. 18-19, quarterfinals on Oct. 18 at Carmel or Fishers and semifinals and finals on Oct. 19 at North Central.
The individual State Finals for singles and doubles will be Oct. 25-26 at Park Tudor.