Overall, Glencoe had a respectable season in boys tennis last spring.
After all, the Crimson Tide finished with a 7-7 record in Pacific Conference play, good for a fourth-place tie with Tigard. And then-senior Wesley Upton played well enough over the course of the year to earn a No. 4 singles seed at the district tournament.
Though he has just one senior this year, longtime Tide coach Todd Powell is hoping for more in 2014 after welcoming back a lot of players from his 2013 team and having many of those boys put in time over the winter.
Well definitely improve, because basically it was the same team last year, Powell said. And so we should do a lot better this year. Im hoping to be for sure at least in the top tier of our league. Other teams have graduated a lot of players. Even though were kind of young, we should do fine.
Leading the way is the tall, sturdy Daniel Kolesnikov, who opened Pacific Conference play on Tuesday by defeating Tigards Kennon Cabrena 6-2, 6-3. The junior is moving up from playing in the second and third spots last year.
I think he is ready for it, Powell said. Like a lot of tennis players, its very much in your head, so if the head comes around good, hell be fine. Hes pretty consistent. Hes a big kid hes 6-3. Hes got a big game.
Other players Powell expects to see time in singles are returners Brendon Sommers and sophomore Ryan Barger. The squads lone senior, Jacom Gerber, should also see some time at singles, and Powell said that Andrew Hall and Nathan Satori will also be in the fourth singles and top doubles mix.
A talented, athletic freshman to look out for is Zach Jarvis, who paired with Hayden Miller at No. 3 doubles on Tuesday.
The Tide got their league season off to a strong start with 7-1 win against the Tigers. Sommers, Barger and Nathon Sexton helped Glencoe run the table in singles. The tandems of Cameron Svenson and James Hardy, Jarvis and Miller, and Ashwin Datta and Spencer Gaston also posted victories in the second, third and fourth doubles matches, respectively.
Svenson and Hardys contest against Luke Smith and Gavin Kim was particularly exciting, as the Tide players pulled out a 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 win.