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August 16, 2013

New-look lineups

Top 2012 teams Kokomo, Western, Taylor feature rebuilt squads

(Continued)

The Panthers open Wednesday at Westfield.

TAYLOR

The Titans enjoyed a big 2012 season, going 15-4 overall and 7-0 in the Mid-Indiana Conference for its first league title since 1994.

But the success came with a senior-heavy lineup. The Titans return one singles player and one doubles team.

Senior Jack Lipchik will man the No. 1 singles spot. He was No. 2 last year, earning first team all-MIC honors.

Seniors Austin Douglas and Casey Glick and sophomores Camden Kimbler and Cole Schroeder are possibilities for the other singles positions.

“Those four guys were doubles players [in 2012] and they are close together,” Taylor coach Dave Wise said. “They all lack singles experience, but they are all returning players.”

The two who don’t play singles will team up to play No. 1 doubles.

Taylor also has senior Kaleb Copp and sophomores Clay Dishon and Connor Leicht. Two of the three will play at No. 2 doubles.

“They are all new, but they are picking up real quick,” Wise said. “I am real happy with what we have done so far. We don’t play our first match until Aug. 28 [at Tipton], so we have three-and-half weeks before our first match. Then we play a lot of matches in a short period of time.”

Wise expects competitive battles for the MIC and Kokomo Sectional titles.

“It’s going to be wide open,” Wise said. “There will be several teams that will challenge for both the conference and sectional. I think there will be a lot of teams that will have the same problem that we do. We played Kokomo close last year, and they had more seniors then we did. The sectional also evolves around Kokomo. The schedule that they play is an advantage to them. One of us will come out and challenge them.

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