St. David’s fell to Carolina Friends, 5-3, in the first round of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A boys tennis tournament Friday.
Coming off of a state title in 2013, the Warriors are young but promising.
“We had an upperclassman playing No. 1 (last year), who was a strong and mature player,” St. David’s coach Andrew Terrell said. “I have a freshman playing No. 1 this year who’s a strong player, but he’s growing into it. Last year we had more depth towards the end of the lineup. Our four, five, and six guys were good. This year we’re not that strong on that end.”
St. David’s freshmen No. 1 David Zilberter fell 6-2, 6-0 to Carolina Friends’ Tate Godwin in singles play. At No. 2, the Warriors’ Carson Welch fell 6-0, 6-2 to David Bond.
Dealing with youth is a trend filtering all the way through the St. David’s lineup.
“What we want to do is get out and play hard, stay within what they can do, and see what they can do.” Terrell said. “Don’t go wild when you try to hit shots that you can’t hit. ... But we have a good, competitive team. They work hard and we’ll see how it goes.”