Friday, March 21, 2014
Early in the boys’ tennis season, three seniors and a transfer student are leading the way for Ashley Ridge.
The Swamp Foxes are out to a 1-2 start this season, with a win over Cane Bay and a pair of losses to West Ashley. Teams in the area, including Ashley Ridge, had to cancel several practices and some matches due to weather so Ashley Ridge coach Andy Steingold says he isn’t sure what to expect from the competition he will face the next couple of weeks.
“All the teams are having trouble getting practices in,” he said. “I do like the effort our kids have given when we have practiced. They are all working hard so I’m sure we will improve, but I don’t know much about the competition. We have several players who can win on any given day, but until we really get into our region schedule it’s hard to say where we are.”
Junior Harrison Parvey transferred to Ashley Ridge from a private school in Greenville and claimed the Swamp Foxes’ No. 1 singles spot.
“He is a strong player who will be able to compete with all the other No. 1 players in the area, but we will just have to wait and see who closes those matches out,” Steingold said.
Senior Michael Marshall played No. 1 singles for Ashley Ridge last season. He will likely pick up a few extra wins now that he has moved into the No. 2 singles spot.
Seniors Blake Ackerman and Charles Zeng also bring experience to the Swamp Fox lineup. Ackerman is currently in the No. 3 spot followed by Zack Rabon at No. 4 and Zeng at No. 5.
Chase Nixon and Duncan Kackley have been teaming up for No. 2 doubles play. Nixon had no prior varsity experience before this season but Kackley did represent the Swamp Foxes in doubles play some last season.
The rest of the team is comprised of players moving up from JV team.
“We have a lot of players who are seasonal players,” Steingold said. “Our top two singles players are the only ones on the team who play tennis year round.”
Ashley Ridge opened Region 8-AAAA play Thursday after press time with a match against Bluffton. The Swamp Foxes play Cane Bay Monday and travel to Fort Dorchester Tuesday.