“Tonight was the first night that we’ve had everybody eligible,” said Field. “We’ve got nine players now who can play for us.”
This is a significant step forward as Field tries to rebuild a program that has battled the numbers game in the past few years. Last season the Trojans had to forfeit a match in every contest because they did not have the seven players necessary to fill all the positions on the team.
“This is a great group to work with,” said Field. “They are constantly working to improve.”
Field, like Webb, has been experimenting with his line-up as the additional players gained their eligibility.
“Right now Amit [Shah], Brendan Woolwine and Kyle Cates are playing 3-singles and 1-doubles for us,” he explained. “We’re trying to see where they are most effective.”
Field said his team is better than last year, but lacks experience.
“We’re getting better, but we really just need to play more tennis. We should continue to get better as the season progresses.”
Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org