Lebanon — The Lebanon Tigers tennis team got a new head coach this fall.
It didn’t make a difference in terms of its Sagamore Conference dominance. The Tigers (10-1, 5-0 in the Sagamore Conference) topped Danville 5-0 to win their fourth-consecutive Sagamore Conference title.
“A lot of that goes back to coach (Roy) Flanary,” Lebanon head coach Brad Mustin said. “He has built a program here. It is not like we go year by year. We start with the kids when they are young and build them through the grades.”
At this point of the year, most teams would want to be on the court as little as possible to make sure they are fresh for the sectional.
Lebanon actually employed a different approach.
“Next week, that is definitely the strategy,” Mustin said. “Today we actually had them come out right after school and had practice. I wanted them tired going into the match. They were tired going into the match and then it was just like having a long three-set match.”
Mustin said that the five straight-set victories — which took less than an hour to complete — showed improvement in key areas.
“It shows that our conditioning and our endurance has improved since the season started,” Mustin said. “Early on in the season in three-set matches we were having some cramping problems and weren’t able to finish matches. Now we are coming into the matches tired and playing well.”
For more of this story, read Friday’s Lebanon Reporter.