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With a new coach at the helm, the Marion County Knights tennis team has a positive outlook about the upcoming season. Because the team lost several strong players from last year, Head Coach Chase Burdette says this is a building year. “Team positions aren’t very solid yet, which is to be expected with a young team,” Burdette said.
However, Burdette has high hopes for the top doubles team of Noah Swencki and Jacob Burdette, and Alex Spalding will most likely be the top singles player this year. Burdette says that he would still like to win district this season and place a few more players in the state tournament. Last year’s team placed one doubles team and one singles player in the state tournament.
As for Jacob Burdette and Noah Swencki, they have compiled some honors throughout their tenure as doubles partners. Last year, the pair was deemed the MVPs at the King of the Bluegrass event, and also placed in the top four of the regional tournament. This allowed the team to advance to the state tournament. Burdette and Swencki won their first match, but lost in the second round to Cotton and Sullivan of Covington Catholic, the 9th seeded team in the tournament.
“They have won a round each year for the past two years, placing them at least in the top 32 doubles teams in the state,” Coach Burdette said.
The Knights tennis team will kick off their season Thursday against LaRue County at home, and they will play Bardstown at home on Friday. Next Monday, the team will have a match against Bethlehem on the road and Tuesday they will face Washington County at home.