PROSPERITY — Mid-Carolina High School boys tennis team earned a 5-2 victory against Newberry High School to start out its sixth season.
Although Coach Kenny Sanders is content with the result, he thinks the boys did not play to their full potential, with a lot still to come.
With five of the 12 players being seniors, Sanders said the main goal of the team is to win their conference tournament for the first time in the school’s history.
“We want to do something nobody has ever done,” Sanders said.
Similar to previous years, Sanders believes Saluda High School will be their toughest opponent.
In the 2013 season, the conference tournament came down to Saluda and Mid-Carolina. The end result left MC defeated by Saluda.
“Saluda boys are also seniors,” Sanders said. “They’re at the top.”
Sanders believes his team’s no-quit and never give up attitude can be a great ally against tough matches, such as Saluda.
The players have been practicing everyday in order to improve their strokes and their games, Sanders said. They have been doing drills, footwork exercises, and playing games against each other to improve their skills.
Mid-Carolina’s opponents include Woodruff High School, Batesburg-Leesville High School, Newberry High School, and Saluda High School. Region matches include Saluda and Newberry high schools.
Senior tennis player Patrick Rowe said he has great expectations about the season.
“I think we are prepared for that,” he said. “Hopefully our team can win the regional.”
Rowe is number one in the roster of Mid-Carolina’s tennis team.
Senior tennis player Matthew Gentry is also enthusiastic and optimistic about their season.
“I think the only person that can stop us is us,” Gentry said.