Last updated: March 15. 2014 3:12PM - 1552 Views
By Tom Robinson For the Sunday Dispatch

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Wyoming Area can put seniors on the court at every spot — all but one of them with varsity experience — this season as it tries to bounce back from a winless 2013 season in Wyoming Valley Conference boys tennis.

The Warriors went 7-5 just two years ago before struggling last season.

Coach Bill Roberts said the team is in position to become much more competitive this season because of the experience in the lineup.

“We’re going to challenge a lot of teams this year,” Roberts said. “There’s a lot of opportunity for this team.”

Wyoming Area is scheduled to open Tuesday against Dallas, one of the WVC’s top Class AA teams, along with defending champion Wyoming Seminary. Roberts also expects Crestwood and Pittston Area, the top two Class AAA teams a year ago, to be strong.

Although the WVC keeps separate standings by classification, the Warriors face all conference schools once.

Nick Leon and Mike Werbin, the top two singles players last season, are likely to remain in those positions. Werbin wrapped up his junior season by taking a set from seventh-seeded Francois Ross of Dallas before falling in the District 2 Class AA singles tournament.

The change in the lineup is likely to come at third singles.

Jared Zaboski, a senior who is the newcomer to the program, appears ready to play there.

Aaron Carter played last year at number-three singles while the doubles lineup went through a series of changes through challenge matches at practice throughout the season. There could be some doubles changes again, but Tom Rose and Carter appear ready for the top spot.

Rose played number-one doubles with different partners most of last season. Carter joined him for the District 2 Class AA doubles tournament.

Joe Roach and Austin Alder are likely to open the season as the number-two doubles combination.

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