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Raider Tennis Gets Back to the Swing of Things

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Raider Tennis Gets Back to the Swing of Things

John Strohl

Raider tennis was one of the few Harrison sports not to win a sectional title last year.

This year the Raiders are looking to be one of the teams to win a sectional title.

“We’re definitely winning sectionals this year,” said sophomore singles player Noah Irr.

If the Raiders make it to the sectional final, the team they would most likely play would be the West Lafayette Red Devils, who beat the Raiders 3-2 last week.

Last weekend Harrison faced a tough Fort Wayne Canterbury team and lost 4-1 and later that day lost 5-0 to Homestead, one of the best teams in the state.

Now that the Raiders are through the toughest part of their schedule, they look to bounce back after beating the Lafayette Jeff Bronchos 4-1 Tuesday night in a lopsided match with the only loss coming from  No. 2 singles freshmen Jake Webb in his first varsity match

Harrison’s lineup isn’t quite set yet with the exception of seniors Patrick Sullivan and Ben Pijanowski playing No. 1 doubles and Isaac Mathis playing No. 1 singles.

“The biggest challenge will be getting our set line-up because we will have a lot of rotation to find who fits best at what spots,” said Pijanowski.

The Raiders have had 10 different people play varsity this year.

Irr, who has been a nice surprise this year was only playing exhibition matches last year and now is playing varsity matches.

“It’s a lot more nerve-racking now that points actually count,” said Irr.

Later this week, the team will face Kokomo and an always tough Brownsburg Bulldog team.

“It helps having a lot of seniors,” said Pijanowski.

The seniors on this team are very important with five of the seven varsity players being seniors.

“My sophomore year we won sectionals,” said Pijanowski. “My junior year we lost in the finals to West Side, but this year it’s going to be competitive again.”

If the Raiders can figure out the No. 2 and No. 3 singles spots they should have a very good chance to win a sectional championship.

Key Players: Isaac Mathis,sr.,singles; Ben Pijanowski,sr.,doubles; Patrick Sullivan,sr.,doubles; Grayson McLean,sr.,doubles/singles; Noah Irr,so.,singles; Lucas Millen,sr.,singles; James McBride,fr.,doubles; Andrew Ross,sr.,singles/doubles