The Reynoldsburg High School boys tennis program had the luxury of a wealth of leadership at the top of the lineup. Next year will be quite different.

The Reynoldsburg High School boys tennis program had the luxury of a wealth of leadership at the top of the lineup. Next year will be quite different.

The Raiders will lose essentially their top four players, placing an extra premium on offseason work by those expected to return.

"I'm curious to see who will take the initiative and put in the hard work for next year," coach Mark Mathias said.

Reynoldsburg finished 11-8 overall and went 4-3 with 39 points to place fourth in the OCC-Ohio behind Gahanna (63), Pickerington North (53) and Pickerington Central (53). The Raiders also were fourth last year.

Only senior Josh Rich at first singles reached an OCC final, losing to Gahanna's Jesse Shivener 7-6, 6-2. The first-doubles team of Chris Chang and Brandon Totman finished third in the league tournament. Third-singles player Ben Leech and the second-doubles team of Austin Dresbach and Adam Edwards were fourth.

Reynoldsburg knew it could rely on Rich and classmate Chang, both of whom had district tournament experience. Rich played the whole season at first singles and Chang played first doubles.

After Rich on the singles courts were two other seniors, David Heedy and Leech.

Totman, a junior, seems to be the team's top returning player, though he never has played a full season at singles.

Sophomore Ryne Kitchen, a second-doubles player, had a strong showing in singles in the sectional at Hilliard Darby on May 15-16. Kitchen won a pair of three-set matches at Darby before losing to Arren Carter of Olentangy Liberty.

Kitchen may compete with classmate Dresbach and freshman Adam Edwards for the second- and third-singles spots or a spot at first doubles next year.

"It's going to take some hard work with our top four guys graduating," Mathias said. "It's a good challenge for the guys coming back."

For the third time in four years, no Raiders reached district. Chang, who like Rich doesn't plan to continue his tennis career in college, said he was proud of his final year of high school tennis.

"As a whole it turned out better than what I thought," he said. "We placed in four courts in the (OCC tournament) and that was a major accomplishment. We did pretty well for having young team this year."

At a glance

•Record: 11-8 overall, 4-3 with 39 points (fourth) in OCC-Ohio

•Seniors lost: Chris Chang, David Heedy, Ben Leech and Josh Rich

•Key returnees: Ryne Kitchen and Brandon Totman