Giants off to 5-2 start

Newcomers help BD tennis team


Shelby Jenson

Junior Ian Dieters serves during a recent match. The Giants are 5-2 and host Plainfield on Tuesday.

The boys tennis team is off to a 5-2 start heading into Tuesday’s home match with Plainfield.

The boys lost to Whiteland 4-1 earlier this week. The longest lasting game was played by LucasFigueiredo, who happens to be the new Brazilian addition to the team.

“Lucas has been a great addition to our team this year.  He should be very competitive at the No. 2 singles position in most of our matches.  He is a very consistent player and covers the court well,” coach Kevin Vanderbush Said.

Also this week Ben Davis played Chatard High School With a 3-2 victory.  Figueiredo won his match 6-1 6-0 with almost a spotless record.

“You can tell that he has played the game for a number of years,” said Vanderbush.

This week the tennis team took on Covenant Christian and won 5-0. One of those wins was the new junior edition to Ben Davis Josh Beitel.

“Josh has been a great addition to the team this year.  He came to us never having played on a high school team, and continues to improve with match experience,” h Vanderbush said.

Beitel has been dominating his No. 3 singles position winning almost all of his matches, completely amazing considering his first time playing with a High School team.

“He gives us a very solid No.  3 player, who would be playing No. 2 at many of the other schools we face.  I think he has also benefited from playing against Ian and Lucas in practice each day,” said Vanderbush.

After Covenant the team took to Riverside Park to completely destroy Ritter’s varsity and JV losing not even a single match.

Beitel looks to finish his season with almost no losses and shine as the No. 3 varsity player for tennis.