Since Bishop Carroll boys tennis coach Darren Huslig took the job, he has never lost a City League title. He has been co-champion a couple times; but it’s been eight years, and there are eight league titles to show for it.
With the task of winning another City League title at hand, it would be understandable for Huslig to feel some pressure. But he doesn’t.
“I like it, actually,” Huslig said. “It gives us something to focus on through the year.”
Huslig is charged with the task of replacing three graduated seniors, including the doubles team of Jordan Torres and Christian Lollar that made it all the way to the state semifinals last year.
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While that would seem to be a tough job, Huslig has gotten used to it.
“In our run of City League titles, we’ve replaced three or four guys every year,” Huslig said.
The good news for Huslig is the return of senior Jared Ohm, who was a state qualifier last year in singles. Ohm understands the need for the team to defend its league title.
“When I got here as a freshman, we were defending champs,” Ohm said. “Now, four years later, as a senior, I feel the pressure. It’s special to me to be able to defend that title like they did when I was a freshman.”
Joining Ohm as varsity returners are juniors Logan Bevis and Matthew Zemanick. Huslig points to them as an example of the way Carroll has reloaded over the years.
“When we lose top guys, those next guys in line are working on their game,” Huslig said. “By the time that next year rolls around, they’re ready to step in, and the quality of tennis is still high.”
The need to fill the void left by last year’s seniors is not lost on Ohm.
“To be successful as a team, everyone is going to have to step up, including myself,” Ohm said.
And, at Carroll, success means another league title.