Wednesday, 10 April 2019 21:25

John Bapst boys, girls tennis to flip expectations from last season

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HAMPDEN -  The top three girls for John Bapst tennis led them to a northern Maine final appearance, with the boys not having near that level of success, but expectations have been completely flipped this year.

That leading trio of girls, including Harper Averett, is no longer with the Crusaders. Averett was one of the best in the state last year as a freshman, and she took to her talents to Massachusetts to focus on her game after last season.

Their head coach has had to put some girls in positions they may not have otherwise been ready for, "we have some girls that would’ve been really good at the two and three singles spots, we now probably have to have them play in the number one and two spots. They’ll do fine there but it’s just not the same," said head coach Jason Hoyt.

On the boys side, there is a bottom up push on the returning singles players.

An influx of talented freshmen and exchange students have challenged the boys that topped the roster for John Bapst in last year's campaign.

None of the team members were willing to cement any prediction about how they'll finish in the postseason this year, but -they don't plan on sitting at home during the playoffs.

The potential top players have been battling with each other in practice throughout the preseason; "we've really been able to play against each other and challenge each other and we have a really solid group of guys that can play against each other and give some competition within the team that'll make us stronger," said senior Cannon Breen.

John Wagoner

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John Wagoner joined the ABC 7 and FOX 22 sports team in September 2018.

He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he gained experience in multiple newsrooms across the Carolinas, as well as working with ESPN U and...