New Albany High School boys tennis coach Andrew Sinclair has a good problem on his hands.

New Albany High School boys tennis coach Andrew Sinclair has a good problem on his hands.

"We have a really nice core of underclassmen," he said. "It's probably the deepest team I've had in my 17 years of coaching. We had 22 kids come out and we're keeping 12 on the (junior varsity).

"It's going to come down to who can compete at a high level on the top courts because most schools we play have their own top kids, and I know we're going to win a lot of the other courts. It's going to be tough, actually, getting everyone playing time. Most of them could play singles at any other school."

The Eagles are coming off a strong season, even if only one player advanced to the Division I state tournament.

They lost just once in the regular season and finished 18-3 overall, placing fourth in the OTCA state team tournament with a 3-2 loss to Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit after eventual-champion Toledo St. John's beat them 3-1 in a state semifinal. New Albany beat Thomas Worthington 4-1 in a district final.

"It was probably my most successful year as a tennis coach," said Sinclair, whose sixth season with the Eagles begins when they open Saturday, March 31, at St. John's. The first OCC-Capital Division match is Tuesday, April 3, at home against Watkins Memorial.

Three players from last year's sectional lineup return in seniors Ameen Farwana, Jordan Rabe and Oliver Sybert. Senior Julian Judge and junior Jacob Teich also are returning letterwinners. Sybert played first doubles with John Hendrix and the pair finished second at sectional to advance to district, where Sam Romanoff and Sean Yun played singles. Hendrix, Romanoff and Yun were lost to graduation.

Farwana and Rabe advanced to district playing second doubles.

Yun, who now is playing at Wright State, was a sectional runner-up after losing the title match 6-1, 6-1 to teammate Steven Miller Jr. Sinclair said Romanoff is playing recreationally at Johns Hopkins while Hendrix, who played in a state doubles final in 2010, is trying to make the team at DePaul.

This spring, Sybert is expected to play first singles while freshmen Alex Kobelt and C.J. Cash compete to determine the order of the next two singles spots. Farwana and Rabe are expected to form the top doubles pairing, and Judge and Teich might have the inside track for the second-doubles court.

Junior Rathnakishore Giri, sophomore Durga Samanthula and freshmen Nicholas Blair are among those competing for playing time.

The status of Miller, a sophomore who lost 6-2, 6-4 against Westlake's Colton Buffington in the first round of last year's state tournament, is in question because of an injury.

Kobelt's brother, Peter Kobelt, won the state singles title playing for the Eagles as a senior in 2009 and was runner-up the previous year. Now a standout on the Ohio State men's team, he also won a Division II state doubles title as a sophomore and was runner-up in 2006.

"Alex is about 6-foot," Sinclair said. "He's slim, but he's got the big-time strokes like his older brother."

The Eagles, who defeated Upper Arlington 3-2 in an OTCA second-round district match, went 7-0, won all five courts and totaled 76 points to capture last year's OCC-Capital title ahead of Olentangy Orange (6-1, 52), Big Walnut (5-2, 39), Delaware (3-3, 31), Hilliard Bradley (3-3, 24), Watkins Memorial (2-4, 22), Franklin Heights (1-6, 7) and Mount Vernon (0-7, 6).

The Eagles will play Groveport in the opening round of this year's OTCA tournament at a date to be determined. The winner advances to meet Dublin Jerome, which is coming off a 14-1 season in which it won a second consecutive OCC-Cardinal title.