Tennis head coach Chris Estes has praised his youthful team since the start of the season. They have seven eighth graders, five freshman, six sophomores, one junior and two seniors.
Top seeds for the team are sophomore Dylan Parr, in his first year as a singles player, and freshman doubles player Michelle Seymour.
Parr warranted championships in the conference and regional tournaments last year with now-graduated Terry Caven.
Parr has been playing years as a tennis player but first displayed his athletic abilities as a baseball player.
"My older brother Damon played and I decided to play tennis in the seventh grade because I consider it more challenging," Parr said.
Parr reflected on some of his more memorable matches against powerhouse Elizabethtown last year in doubles competition.
"We were down 1-6 against Hunter Hazel and his partner when Terry (Caven) and I looked at each other and decided we have nothing to lose at this point," Parr said, "and we came back and beat them 6-1 and 6-2 in straight sets."
Parr is hoping for a number two seed heading into the state and is supported by his team and coach.
"He (Estes) works with me a lot to be positive and not negative," Parr said. "He's always telling me, "great job."
Parr, an honor roll student, has high hopes of receiving a college scholarship.
"I have to continue working hard," he said.
"He has a chance to advance to the state for the second straight time," Estes said. "I expect Dylan to earn a seed in the regional tennis tournament taking place next week.
Seymour is tied for the most doubles wins in a season. She has been a member of the tennis team since sixth grade.
She has been impressive this year winning most of her matches and continues to work hard.
"I used to play softball but then switched to tennis in the sixth grade," Seymour said, "competing in CKTS in the summer and USTA."
Seymour competes against tennis athletes of all ages in USTA and has finished second in tournament play.
"Michelle is a winner," Estes said. "She has the potential to be a top four seed in the regional tennis tournament. She is very capable and is playing well at the right time of the year."
He described her as a Division 1 college caliber tennis player.
Seymour hopes to earn a scholarship to play tennis at the college level but wants to concentrate on the regionals and state competition this year.