Charleston’s All-Apollo doubles team of Vince DiNaso and Braden Pschirrer are favored to make the state as a team when they compete in the Danville Class 1A Sectional on Friday.
The pair had been ranked among the top five in the state for Class 1A rankings at one point this season.
“I believe that they will go in with a pretty high seed and have a resume that shows that they can compete with everyone,” said Hudson.
The IHSA Sectional will feature the returning singles state champion, as well as two players that finished All-State.
“Centennial has to be the favorites going into this,” said Charleston boys tennis coach Jeremy Hudson. “They are returning the singles state champion as well as two players who placed 6th in state last year as a doubles team. I expect them to change their lineup a little bit for this season. However, that kind of experience and pedigree is huge.”
Hudson also said that he has other members on the team that could make another strong playoff run.
“Looking at our sectional, I think that there are a couple of doubles teams that have had really impressive seasons that should expect to make it to state and another three or so singles players that are favored,” said Hudson. “However, when you are looking for four doubles teams and four singles players, I think that any of our players can get hot and have a good day that advances them. Ashton Fifield and Trent King can definitely compete with some really good players. I would not count them out. Bradon Jones and Judah Bryant have been a really solid doubles team all year and I would not count them out either.”
In the end, Hudson is happy with a team coming off a fourth-place finish at the Apollo meet.
Said Hudson: “We are in a really tough sectional, but my guys are going to embrace the competition.”