The Bishop Carroll boys tennis team feels as if it is in the driver's seat heading into Saturday's City League tournament at the Coleman Tennis Complex at WSU.
Carroll has the history and experience to have that mindset, as the Eagles have won or shared the last six CL championships.
Sophomore Jared Ohm won No. 2 singles last year and has moved up to the No. 1 slot. The team of Luke Miller and Jordan Torres looks to extend Carroll's dominance in No. 1 doubles as the Eagles have won that slot the last five years at the league tournament.
After finishing the regular season undefeated, and with wins against Kapaun and East this week, the Eagles aren't lacking for confidence. They've also got the lead headed into Saturday.
"We have momentum for sure, and some confidence because we've beaten all the teams," Carroll coach Darren Huslig said. "You want to go in with the lead because any team can rise up and win the tournament."
Ohm, even though he is just a sophomore, has stepped into the No.1 singles spot smoothly. His consistency and solid play has been key to his success.
"He doesn't over-hit. At times we want him to be more aggressive, but his main thing is he returns back with pace, he's solid, and lets you mess up," Huslig said. "We're trying to get him to dictate points more, but he's getting better all the time."
Northwest, Heights and Kapaun all could easily be the team that steps up and challenges Carroll.
Northwest beat Kapaun 8-1 Wednesday and its only loss is to Carroll, 5-4 on April 5.
Heights isn't too far behind and is a few close matches from being on top. The Falcons lost to Carroll, Kapaun and Northwest 5-4. The Falcons also have the defending No. 1 singles champion in Saif Khan.
"Heights lost so many close matches in the regular season," Huslig said. "They could easily win the tournament."
Until this week. Kapaun was also undefeated before losing to Northwest and Carroll.
"The City League tournament will be very competitive and fun to watch," Huslig said.
AV-CTL Div 1 tournament — Maize heads into the AV-CTL Div 1 tournament at Goddard on Monday in a new position. That is, not the favorite.
Goddard and Hutchinson should battle it out for the top spot, but Maize sure could help decide who gets there.
Clint Chlumsky (21-6) will lead the Eagles, but Maize coach John Anderson knows that it will be difficult to get back the league championship.
"Our league is super competitive, there are some really good tennis players," Anderson said. "We're excited to get down there and try and mix things up, but Goddard and Hutchinson will be tough."
Other league tournaments on Monday are AV-CTL Div 2 at McPherson, AV-CTL Div 3-4 at Riverside, the MCAA tournament at Hillsboro and the CPL tournament at the Coleman Tennis Complex at WSU.