— The good news for the Cooperstown tennis team is there is plenty of interest in the program. The bad news is there is not much experience.
Head coach Dave Bertram said a record 32 students tried out for the team this year and he kept 17 on the roster, a higher than normal total.
``The interest is great, but we’re very young this year,’’ Bertram said. ``We have a lot of newcomers and it may take us a while to settle in.’’
The Redskins have been a traditional power in the Center State Conference for man years, but are missing that star power this season, Bertram said.
``Traditionally, we’ve been very good,’’ Bertram said. ``We have athletic talent, it’s just some of our players are new to tennis.’’
Sophomore Will Derouin will start at number one singles. Bertram said Derouin is a talented player who plays year-round. Derouin had the only victory in a season-opening loss to Sauquoit, the league’s top team this year, according to Bertram.
Senior Virginia Ofer will start at second singles while another senior, Joe Kevlin, will start at third singles.
The first doubles team will be a pair of sophomores, Jay Davine and Hans Ofer, and the second doubles team will be Ben Bauer and Will Dykstra, who are both new to the program.
Bertram said Cynthia Kent may also see some playing time during the season.
Cooperstown, which defeated Ilion, 5-0, in its only other match of the season, plays at Poland on Monday, April 26 when they return from spring break.
``We’re going to have a lot of matches in a short period of time, so hopefully we can get on a roll right away,’’ Bertram said. ``Our goal is to peak at the end of the season and maybe make some noise in sectionals.’’