Huntington’s men’s tennis team had a solid first half of their 2018 campaign. Currently sitting at 5-2 overall (4-2 conference), the team is looking to take their first Crossroads League regular season title since 2014. Being only a game behind Indiana Wesleyan with three other teams, the Foresters took a huge victory over Spring Arbor back in late August, who is also 4-1 in the conference. The Foresters only have four matches left, so hustle onto the court and support the boys!
This year’s team features senior Ignacio Poncio, who earned All-Crossroads League team last season and was recently named the Crossroads League player of the week—the week of September 10. The Foresters do not lack experience, as it’s vital to the team’s success. Seven out of the ten guys on the roster are upperclassmen, and there is only one freshman. That freshman is Sebastian Salas. Salas may have been worried about coming in as the only freshman, but the team made him feel right at home.
“My teammates made me feel part of the team since the first day we practiced together,” Salas said. “They are all fantastic people and tennis players and make me very proud to be part of the Forester family.”
Salas also gave a shout-out to Poncio for recruiting him.
The team chemistry seems to be booming, which will hopefully help the team late in the season to make a tournament run. There is a certain goal in sight, and the Foresters are hungry to achieve it.
“Ever since the start of preseason, we decided that our goal this year was to go to nationals,” senior Giovanni Martinez said.
To make nationals, the team must win the conference tournament at the end of the season or be placed in the top 25 in the rankings. The team has enough talent and chemistry to get them very far at the year’s end tournament.