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Experienced Boys Tennis Squad Opens Season At Home

Posted on: March 23, 2018

SETTING THE SCENE:  The 2018 Milford’s boys tennis team won’t lack leadership, as four seniors with varsity experience return for the upcoming season. 

The team finished third in the 2017 final standings of the ECC, the best team finish since the inception of the conference in 2013 and the highest season ending position for a Milford boys team since 2010.  Head Coach Kelcey Davison returns for the third year to lead the varsity boys tennis program, assisted by Larrya Wall.

 

TEAM PREVIEW:  Seniors Ben Mason, Holden Owens, Mrigank Sharma and Reed Spencer will be joined by sophomores Stewart Dalziel, Michael Faler and Mark Ostrander on the varsity squad. 

Owens returns at first singles for his senior season.  Despite an injury, he finished third at the 2017 ECC tournament and ended the season with a 12-5 overall record at first singles.  Owens was recognized by the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches’ Association in 2017, receiving the Most Improved Player Award, and was named second team All-Conference.

Fellow senior Mason returns at second singles as well.  Mason reached the finals of the ECC tournament at second singles and took the podium in second place, and finished third at the GCTCA Flight C tournament.  He finished the 2017 season at 11-5 overall at second singles, and 1-3 at first singles.  Mason was received all-conference honorable mention recognition.

Ostrander, who primarily competed in doubles last season, is projected to open the year playing third singles.   As a freshman, he and his partner won the first ever Eastern Cincinnati Conference Championship for Milford, for their play in the ECC tournament at second doubles.

Senior Reed Spencer will start the season at first doubles with partner and classmate Mrigank Sharma.  In 2017, Spencer took third place in third singles at the ECC Championships. Sharma was an active player last season as well, and was involved in a number of pairings at both first and second doubles.

 Senior Cameron Loux, and sophomores Stewart Dalziel and Michael Faler should see varsity action this season as well.

 

A LOOK AHEAD:  The Eagles will open the season with a home match during Milford’s spring break. After hosting Centerville, the Eagles will travel to St. Xavier.

Monday, 3/26:                     Centerville High School B @ Milford, 4:00 pm

Tuesday, 2/37:                     Milford @ St. Xavier High School B, 4:00 pm

The full season schedule can be found HERE.

 

POLL WATCH:  Though the season had yet to begin, Milford again received votes in the area coaches’ poll for boys tennis for week one, released on March 26.  While Mason remained on top, Sycamore moved to second and St. Xavier fell to third.  The ECC’s Turpin held onto fourth but Walnut Hills moved from seventh to fifth.  Loveland is now tied at sixth with Lakota East; Anderson moved from tenth into a tie with Moeller for eighth.  Milford received five votes while Kings received six votes in week one of the Enquirer’s area coaches’ poll. See the area coaches' poll HERE.

Preseason Poll From March 18:  For the third consecutive year, Mason opens the season ranked at the top of the Cincinnati Enquirer area coaches’ preseason poll for boys tennis, Division I.  St. Xavier and Sycamore follow, with the ECC’s Turpin in fourth and Lakota East rounding out the top five.  The ECC’s Loveland is ranked sixth, and Walnut Hills is tied for seventh with Lakota West and Moeller.  Anderson will open the year in tenth.  Milford received four votes in the preseason poll, joined with West Clermont (5) and Kings (4).