Men's tennis looks to have success in 2005
By Lindsey Delscamp, sports information intern
March 17, 2005
The 2005 Bluffton University men's tennis season is fast approaching and the team
is hard at work. Head coach Blake Kindle is excited to get the campaign underway.
Kindle hopes to build on the success that the team experienced last year.
"Obviously the goal is to be successful," Kindle explained. "We are inexperienced this year and the conference is very good, so we will have to work hard."
Last season the Beavers were successful as the team finished the year with a 7-5 record and placed second in the Heartland Conference tennis tournament. The team's second place finish was the highest ever in the history of the program.
With the graduation of key seniors from last season, Bluffton will depend upon their
one returnee and a core group of newcomers this year. The lone player to return for
the season is junior Pete Martin (Berne, Ind./South Adams). Martin finished the 2004 season with a 5-7 record at the
No. 5 singles position. According to Kindle, Martin will bring experience and leadership
to the team this spring.
Key newcomers this season will include freshman Blake Babcock (Findlay/Findlay), freshman Tim Kauffman (Liburn, Ga./Parkview) and freshman Jordan Zickafoose (Lima/Lima Senior).
The Beavers have been working hard in the off-season. "They have been lifting weights three times a week, running and playing two times a week." Kindle said. With all of the work the team has been putting in, Bluffton will be prepared to have another successful season on the court.