Norwalk Truckers look to continue rolling

Norwalk is looking to continue its reign atop the NOL as the boys tennis season gets underway and pair of standout seniors are prepared to finish up their careers by carrying on their winning ways.

While the Truckers lost five letterwinners to graduation — including district-qualifying doubles duo Chase Myers and Karson Schaechterle — seniors Trevor Bowers and Harry Love have a legitimate shot at capturing their fourth conference crown.

“We are very into our tradition as a team,” Bowers said. “This year will also be 25 out of 30 wins in the NOL. The tradition starts with the coaches down and that’s always our goal: to win the NOL.”

Bowers is entering his fourth season as first singles, boasting a 92-6 overall record and state tournament qualifications in 2010 and 2011. The First Team All-NOL honoree was singles sectional champion last season on a Norwalk team that finished 10-0 in conference action and 18-1 on the season.

Love was also among the four Truckers who reached at least districts last season. He compiled a 26-3 record, earning First Team All-NOL recognition as second singles and a first place finish at the Fremont Doubles Invitational while partnered with Bowers.

“It’s really helpful, especially for the coach, knowing you have two solid players at the top,” Love said. “It gives some solidity to the team and something to work around.”

As standout players and members of the same class, Bowers and Love have developed an on-court chemistry that has allowed them each to grow as competitors during their time at Norwalk.

“Even though he normally beats me rather handily, the way our games line up, my shots still help his shot and his shots definitely help mine,” Love said. “I don’t think there’s been any single person who’s helped me improve more than him over the last four years. When you can play with someone like that all it does is push you to be even better.”

The Clyde Invitational (April 13), along with the Fremont Ross Doubles Invitational (April 20), will provide Norwalk an opportunity to go head-to-head with some of the area’s best talent this season before the NOL Tournament, where the Truckers won all five brackets in 2012.

But in addition to losing their first doubles duo, the Truckers also graduated one of the area’s top third singles players in Sid Beier.

With five new players on the varsity roster, Norwalk coach Chris Higgins said teams with exceptional depth such as Sandusky and Bellevue could pose the most problems for the Truckers.

Though the Truckers move several new players into pivotal roles as it heads into a second year of Division I action, Bowers is confident team chemistry will help them avoid skipping a beat. Possibly adding to that confidence is the fact that in their last go-round he and Love could anchor Norwalk in doubles as well.

“I want to get to state either in singles or doubles,” Bowers said. “That’s our ultimate goal in the end.”

Last Updated: 4/2/2013 11:39:23 PM EST

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