Wolverines head into boys tennis season with mix of returnees, newcomers

Polk County's Henry Monts

Richard Davis will fill his Polk County boys tennis lineup this season with players on opposite ends of the experience spectrum.

The Wolverines do return four players from last season’s Western Highlands Conference runners-up, and Davis expects that quartet to be his first four singles players. But the remainder of his starting lineup will likely come from a group of players who only picked up a racquet for the first time on the opening day of practice.

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Thus when the Wolverines open the spring sports season on Monday, hosting West Henderson, Davis isn’t really certain what to expect.

“This year we will just strive to improve daily,” Davis said. “We could possibly win a few matches this season but I can’t, at this point, see us presenting much of a push for more than third or fourth in the conference.”

Junior Henry Monts will step into the No. 1 singles role vacated by Tyler Oxtoby, who won the WHC singles title a season ago. Davis said Monts could potentially contend for a conference crown as well, though the No. 1 spot across the conference is deep this season.

“Henry will hold his own at number one,” Davis said.

Payton Stott, Malik Miller and Rustin Muse round out the returning players, with Seth Hardin, Logan Smith, Lucas Rogers and Jamie Levi the newcomers to the team.