Young tennis squad looks to battle in HCAC

By Tony Vasko, SID Intern
March 16, 2000

With a young team the Bluffton College men's tennis team looks to compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference this season. The team consists of four freshmen, one sophomore, and three juniors. First year Head Coach Kevin Brintnell expects a lot out of his young players this season.

Looking to improve on last season's 1-7 record Brintnell said, "There is a lot of parody in the league; there is not one stand-out team in the league. We have an opportunity to finish in the top of the league."

Gone from last year's team is 1999 graduate Josh Lehman who finished fourth in the league in #1 singles. Looking to fill his shoes is junior Alan Sakoman (Waverly). Sakoman finished seventh last year at #2 singles. Also, back from last year's squad are juniors Bryan Kaye (Springfield, MA/Pioneer Valley Christian) and Tarik Kadic (Sarajevo/Medical High School). Kaye finished seventh at #3 singles and Kadic finished fifth at #6 singles, respectively. Sophomore Genti Basha (Kidren/Central Christian) also returns from last year's team. He saw action as a doubles player.

Four freshmen look to help the Beavers do well in the HCAC this season. They are Darko Arsov (Bluffton), David Barnes (Columbus/ Tree of Life-Christian), Tom Shuggars (Damascus, MD) and Garrett Skare (Huber Heights/Wayne).

Coach Brintnell said, "Our team is very young and lacks experience because many of our player have not played in the United States. We are looking to improve on an individual basis. We will judge success not on wins and losses, but how well each player improves."

Bluffton opened the season on March 2nd at Anderson with a loss. BC was to have traveled to Cedarville on Thursday and will host Baldwin-Wallace College on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.