If ever an 8-1 loss could be considered a good thing, so was it Wednesday for Polk County’s boys tennis team.
The Wolverines dropped their home opener to West Henderson, but that didn’t stop head coach Richard Davis from finding plenty of positives in the setback, most notably the fact that all nine matches were played. Davis and Polk endured a winless 2014 with just four players on the roster. Twelve Wolverines were present at Wednesday’s loss.
“The silver lining is that we have 12 players, and now we’ve got people to work with,” Davis said. “Most of our top six will return next year. We lose one guy from that group. I don’t know that we’re going to win a ton of matches this year, but we’re going to compete, no question about that.
“I think there are a few matches on our schedule where we can come out here and win a few. That would be a great improvement after winning none last year.”
Freshman Henry Monts scored a 10-7 win at No. 3 singles for Polk’s lone match win on Wednesday. Another freshman, Payton Stott, started at No. 2 singles and was joined in the lineup by Tyler Oxtoby at No. 1, Alec Becker at No. 4, Josh Kornmayer at No. 5 and Malik Miller at No. 6. Ben Deffner is part of a group expected to also see time this season.
“I think the time is coming in the next year or two when we can compete for a conference title,” Davis said. “Not that we’re giving up on this year. I think we’re going to win some matches this year.”
Polk County (0-2) is scheduled to travel to Crest on Thursday, weather permitting.