Boys tennis | season preview

Kankakee Valley's Luke Sanderson remains one of the top tennis players in the area

2011-08-17T18:53:00Z 2012-08-14T19:03:10Z Kankakee Valley's Luke Sanderson remains one of the top tennis players in the areaBy Bob Moulesong Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 17, 2011 6:53 pm  • 

Last year, Kankakee Valley freshman Luke Sanderson hunted his way onto the boys tennis scene like a Kougar on the prowl.

Sanderson went undefeated during the regular season, garnering 17 wins as the No. 1 singles player for the Kougars. The mark included tough Northwest Crossroads Conference wins over Munster and Highland, as well as a hard-fought, three-set battle against arch-rival Benton Central.

As a sophomore who's earned his stripes, Sanderson already has bigger and better goals for both his team and himself.

"There's no reason we can't win sectional this year," Sanderson said. "Why not us?"

The Kougars play in the tough NCC, so it's not like they have a cream puff schedule. A .500 record during the regular season could be deceiving.

"We're a better team than some people think," Sanderson said. "Hopefully, we can show that at the right time."

Focusing on team goals more than his own is a prime example of why Coach Dan Roberts says Sanderson is so special.

"Luke is extremely talented," Roberts said. "But his intangibles are as much if not more important to this team. He's very coachable, and the other guys see that and pick up on it."

Sanderson also goes out of his way to help teammates who ask for some guidance.

"I would never offer suggestions unless I was asked," Sanderson said. "This isn't about my ego, it's about getting three points."

Sanderson has been playing since he could hold a racket as a 3-year-old. He travels the USTA tour during the offseason. His father, Reggie, is the tennis coach at St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer.

With all that going for him, he wears his success humbly.

"I really like playing here with the guys I know," Sanderson said. "It's a little out of the way, but I get great competition in conference and from other local schools."

Sanderson won four matches in the individual postseason before bowing out at the regional finals. His goal is to go farther this season

"The individual postseason was a different experience last year," he said. "The pressure and intensity ratchet up a lot. I think I'll be better prepared this year. I'd like to get downstate this time around."

Making the postseason first with the team and then on his own plays well in Sanderson's mind.

"Why not?" he asked. "It's our time."

 

 

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Fan Poll

Loading…

Which school has the area's best boys cross country team?

View Results

Follow your school

Duneland Conference

Chesterton Trojans
News
Crown Point Bulldogs
News
Lake Central Indians
News
LaPorte Slicers
News
Merrillville Pirates
News
Michigan City Wolves
News
Portage Indians
News
Valparaiso Vikings
News

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll Warriors
News
Calumet Warriors
News
Lake Station Eagles
News
Michigan City Marquette Blazers
News
North Newton Spartans
News
River Forest Ingots
News
Wheeler Bearcats
News
Whiting Oilers
News

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark Pioneers
News
Gavit Gladiators
News
Hammond Wildcats
News
Morton Governors
News

Hoosier Conference

Rensselaer Bombers
News

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean 59ers
News
Griffith Panthers
News
Highland Trojans
News
Hobart Brickies
News
Kankakee Valley Kougars
News
Lowell Red Devils
News
Munster Mustangs
News

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace Hornets
News
Roosevelt Panthers
News
West Side Cougars
News

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove Wolves
News
Hanover Central Wildcats
News
Hebron Hawks
News
Kouts Mustangs/Fillies
News
LaCrosse Tigers
News
Morgan Twp. Cherokees
News
South Central Satellites
News
Washington Twp. Senators
News
Westville Blackhawks
News

Independents

Bowman Academy Eagles
News
Calumet Christian
News
Campagna Academy
News
Covenant Christian Knights
News
E.C. Central Cardinals
News
Hammond Baptist Swordsman
News
Luther East Eagles
News

Chicago Catholic League

Mt. Carmel Caravan
News
Seton Academy Sting
News
St. Francis deSales Pioneers
News

Chicago Public League

Washington Minutemen/Minutewomen
News

East Suburban Catholic

Marian Catholic Spartans
News

Metro Suburban

Illiana Christian Vikings
News

River Valley Conference

Beecher Bobcats/Ladycats
News
Illinios Lutheran Chargers
News

South Suburban Blue

T.F. North Meteors
News
T.F. South Rebels
News

Southland Athletic Conference

Bloom Twp. Blazin' Trojans
News
Crete-Monee Warriors
News

SouthWest Suburban Blue

Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings
News

SouthWest Suburban Red

Thornridge Falcons
News
Thornton Wildcats
News
Thornwood Thunderbirds
News