The 2015 boys Bullpup tennis team won’t be short on talent.

The 2015 boys Bullpup tennis team won’t be short on talent.
Despite graduating the state champion duo of Peter and Ryan Horton and the power hitting Dylan Stos, a talented freshman group and three returning varsity players should make this team a contender for state.
The Pups will be headlined by senior Luke Williams and junior Kento Aizawa who both placed at state last year. Williams and Stos teamed up to take fourth and Aizawa took 12th in singles.
With the Hortons taking first, the Pups fell just shy of winning it all and settled for second. Williams and Aizawa are expected to play doubles this year and should be one of the best in 4A.
“I'm hoping for Luke and Kento to place in the top five at state," head coach Tyler Brown said.
The Pups were one person away from qualifying all six of their players for state, but senior Gallagher Martin fell in the first match of the second day which would have sent him to state. Martin played number one singles throughout the year, and it is still unknown whether or not he will be playing singles or doubles.
The last three spots are up for grabs. Freshman Andrew Snell looks to have a grip on one of those spots, while fellow freshman Nolan Schrader and Kaden Stewart have realistic chances of snatching the final two spots.
Juniors Patrick Munsey and Hadley Hagaman, who played together at the JV level last year, are also well in the running.
“I'm planning on having team red and a team white for this first meet." Brown said. "This will give me one more way to evaluate these players because some play better in meets than practice."
Too much talent is never a bad thing as Brown has found out in the past with the girls tennis team. But with the first meet of the year right around the corner, Brown is still unsure of who to put where.
Luckily for the Pups, 12 people will be playing for McPherson which should give Brown a great idea of where to put players.
The Pups open up the year Monday with the McPherson Invitational. Play begins at 3 p.m. at the MHS Tennis Complex.