Trojans Comback Shocks Maruders 3-2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Kelly   
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 02:07

Bishop Chatard head boys tennis has already surpassed expectations of head coach Dan McNally, and his team is only three weeks into its season.

McNally, who enters his 29th year at the helm of the Bishop Chatard team, received a boost of confidence from his players before the season started.

"We went through our two weeks of preseason practice, and they already have surpassed my expectations," McNally said. "It seems like the majority of our opponents this season have a little more experience than us, but I want to see what our peak will be by the end of the season."

Four seniors return this year, led by Michael Reidy at number-one singles followed by Tommy Barrett at number-two singles. Mark DeNardin, who is a four-year member of the Trojans tennis program, plays at number-two doubles while Andrew Pluckebaum, who is the most improved players on the team according  to McNally, competes on the number-two doubles team.

The rest of the team is rounded out by junior Andrew Nightingale at number-one doubles and junior Patrick Huffine plays in the number-three singles slot, followed by freshman Sam Luke at number-two doubles.

Depth was one aspect McNally had some uncertainty about on his team heading into the season. He received a jolt of confidence after watching his team bounce back to defeat visiting Mount Vernon on Monday. The Marauders entered the match with a 4-1 record and had just captured the Muncie Central Invitational, and even won the first two matches before eventually falling to the Trojans 3-2.

McNally said he found out about the depth of his team against Mount Vernon.

"It is a good mix of players that we have this year," McNally said. "Our depth is better than expected, and it showed me that we are already ahead of schedule when it comes to playing as a team."

Mike Sokol and Danny Pruitt won their doubles match for the only win against Guerin Catholic on Tuesday, but McNally likes on how his team is progressing with each match.

The Trojans will go up against Cardinal Ritter, Covenant Christian,  Scecina Memorial and Heritage Christian to name a few before it competes in the City Tournament that starts on September 21 at Riverside Park.

"We have a very good shot at finishing in second in the city tournament," McNally said. "It is our goal and will be important for us to do well to gain momentum as we head toward the end of the regular season and sectional."




1983 ─ Trojans blank Plainfield 2-0 in girls soccer.

1995 ─ Junior Joe Holland tosses three TDS to lead Trojans to 32-20 win over Broad Ripple.

2000 ─ Cathedral's defense shuts down Trojans 28-7 in football tilt.

2005 ─ Bishop Chatard posts lowest score of 15 points to capture the Division A in the Pike Hokum Karem (Girls).

2007 ─ John Sahm hooked up with Chris Barnes on 3 TD passes to lead Bishop Chatard to a 34-6 win over Brebeuf.

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