Wolves enter '05 tennis season with question marks

Things are a little different around the South Kitsap boys tennis camp these days. For the first time in a good long while, there is no “sure thing” — which isn’t all bad.

“We’re definitely a lot more open than we have been in the past,” coach Todd Olson said. “From a coaching aspect, it’s going to fun.”

At least in the past few seasons, Olson had either a singles player, like Andy Hultz, or a doubles team, like the tandem of Adam Bennett and Elliott Hulscher, he could count on for wins, leaving him other areas to worry about.

But that’s not the case now, and the spots in both singles and doubles are wide open for the taking.

“We have a lot of kids that can fill in in different spots,” Olson said. “We have no clear-cut No. 1 anymore. There’s a lot of opportunities down our whole ladder.”

That, Olson said, gives him the opportunity to juggle his line between three or four guys who can play singles on any given day. Artie Carson, Kramer Mott and Mike Wass look to be at the top of the list entering the season but sophomore Dalton Vavra will be in that mix as well.

Carson and Mott return as doubles partners and look to be one of the team’s best bets. They played together last year and are hoping to advance to at least the West Central District Tournament next spring.

“We’ve been out here working together just about every day,” Mott said. “But we have a lot more to improve on. There’s always room for improvement.”

One thing that’s up in the air at this point is where the Wolves will get their points from. Olson said it will mostly be a case of the singles scoring well during one match while the doubles teams may win the next match.

“This year is going to be balanced – it’s going to be interesting where we get our three (points needed to win) from on any given day,” Olson said.

The fact that all the top stops are up for grabs has led to easy motivation on Olson’s part, and better workouts, he said.

“It’s working well, we’re just trying to get everything tightened up now,” Carson said. “Our first match is against Bellarmine, so we have a big challenge right off the bat.”

In fact, the Wolves will know pretty quickly just where they said after the first week of the season as they play four matches and a jamboree over the span of seven days.

In the first week alone, Olson and his team will know exactly where they stand and what they will need to work on.

The Thursday matchup with Bellarmine, always a Narrows League power, will be a good first measuring stick. The Wolves close out their first week with matches against Foss Lincoln and Mount Tahoma — all teams from the Narrows League Bay Division.

As for the Bridge Division, Olson said he can see his guys anywhere from second to fourth depending on how everyone responds.

“We’ve got a good shot,” Carson said. “I know we’re not the best but we’re pretty strong and we’ve got a shot at being up there (close to the top of the league). No one is expecting much from us, so maybe we can be a surprise.”

2005 South Kitsap boys tennis schedule

Date Opponent Location Time

Sept. 8 Bellarmine Tacoma 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 9 Foss Tacoma 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 10 SK Jamboree South Kitsap 9 a.m.

Sept. 12 Lincoln South Kitsap 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 Mount Tahoma Tacoma 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 16 Olympia South Kitsap 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 19 Port Angeles Port Angeles 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 21 Gig Harbor Gig Harbor 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 Shelton South Kitsap 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 24 Narrows League Invite South Kitsap 8 a.m.

Sept. 26 Central Kitsap Silverdale 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 28 Bremerton South Kitsap 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 30 Olympic South Kitsap 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 3 North Kitsap Poulsbo 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 Stadium South Kitsap 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 7 Capital South Kitsap 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 10 Olympia Olympia 3:30 p.m.

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