The Lincoln College View tennis team is growing.
That also means some growing pains for the private school.
Several rookies, attracted by the Eagles’ 10th-place finish at state last year with just two players, joined the team. The roster is now up to six.
“Some of them didn’t even have a racquet,” coach Dave Hughes said. “One player had to decide whether to play right- or left-handed because he never played tennis before. It’s a work in progress.”
David Deemer was a one-man team in 2010 as a junior. Last year, his brother Jonathan joined the squad as a freshman. David played No. 1 singles, Jonathan No. 2 singles and they combined to form the No. 1 doubles team.
David finished third in singles at state and Jonathan made it to the round of 16, helping College View finish 10th out of 25 Class B teams.
Hughes was thrilled, especially since it was his first year coaching tennis. The father of four boys, he’s coached just about everything else.
He got drafted last year when the Deemer brothers, who take violin lessons from his wife, Donna Carnes, needed a coach. He’d been playing since he was a youngster, so he said he’d help.
“It’s fun,” Hughes said. “It’s something new and different.”
David Deemer is at nearby Union College now, so this season is a bit more of a challenge.
The Eagles have scheduled 12 matches. Lincoln Christian coach Lucas Megrue and his brother Josh have turned many of their duals into triangulars so College View could participate.
Jonathan Deemer is the only Eagle who’s had consistent success with a 4-1 record in No. 1 singles. Senior Curtis Moseley, from England, and freshman JD Needles have picked up doubles wins with Deemer.
“I try to rotate them around, so everyone has a chance to win,” Hughes said.
Other team members are senior Tyler Mathews, junior James Dickerson and freshman Demy Sigowa, who’s from Uganda.
With such a short season, Hughes hasn’t been able to get much beyond the basics at practices. Serving has been a struggle.
Still, Hughes is proud of his team, especially since everyone has won at least one match. He’s not expecting a great showing at state, but is hoping that Jonathan Deemer can get a favorable seed.
“It’s great to have six players,” Hughes said. “I’m hoping the freshmen, junior and returning sophomore will keep at it.”
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