In sports, chemistry among teammates can be a valuable thing.
For the Pusch Ridge Christian boys tennis team, that chemistry helped lead to a Division III team title last spring.
As freshmen, Davis Towne and Camron Vick surprised many as they went 18-1 and finished third in the doubles state tournament, with their lone loss coming in the semifinals. The two also locked up the Lions’ team title the weekend after that.
Now the sophomores hope to build upon last year’s success, and they haven’t missed a beat: The Lions are out to a 6-0 start and the duo is undefeated as well.
Towne said although he and Vick were freshmen last year, they were able to win against older competitors.
“We were able to forget that we were freshmen and just focused on tennis,” Towne said. “Not worrying that we were younger and they were probably better than us.”
Vick said it is simple things that the duo needs to do to have the same type of success as last year.
Pusch Ridge coach David Towne, who is Davis’ father, said their styles of play work well together, and that hr believes their top qualities are their smarts — on and off the court — along with their strong work ethic.
“Camron is a young man who is very consistent and is very aggressive at the net,” David Towne said. “Davis, on the other hand, has a really good serve and moves really well.
“They’re great leaders and they lead by example.”
While both players have their strengths, they also have things they would like to improve on. Davis Towne would like to see Vick work on their serving consistency while Vick hopes Towne can improve on top spin, “when he needs it.”
For the time being, Towne and Vick will try to repeat as doubles champions, while the Lions hope to reach the state finals for the fourth straight year and win their third title since 2011.
“We just need to have the same confidence we had last year,” Vick said. “We’ve been playing a lot this year, we’ve become more skilled, and I just think we need to stay confident.”