West Holmes High School’s Ethan Meyer is one of those kids who never leaves home without a smile. His bubbly personality is almost infectious, but that happy persona does not deter him from showcasing his immense skills on the tennis court, where he has left more than a few people feeling blue.
Two years ago, Meyer made his way to a state tournament berth in doubles by teaming up with his brother, Tim. Last season, Meyer again found himself making the trip to Columbus for the state tournament, again in doubles play, this time with teammate Andrew Rodhe.
Now, as he enters his senior campaign, he will again be playing first singles for the Knights, with a keen eye on what is happening in the world of doubles play.
“I’m hoping to make it back for a third time,” said Meyer of his success in finding his way to the state tournament. “Whether that is in singles or doubles, I’m not sure yet. I want to see how everything plays out and where my best chances are.”
This season, Marietta has joined the East District sectional, and thus, a top talent in senior Jake Hirshfield of Marietta joins the fray in trying to capture one of the two available singles spots to advance to districts and state.
Dover senior Brent Keating, who won the East District sectional last season, and his teammate, sophomore Garrett Davis, who made the semifinals, will join Marietta’s sensationally talented Hirshfield to coerce Meyer into competing once again in the doubles portion of the state tournament.
“It would be a tough road to get back to state in singles,” said West Holmes head coach Jason Otto of Meyer’s chances. “He may be better served playing doubles again, if we can find the right player to go with him.”
Meyer is a lanky right-hander who has the ability to deliver a big serve to go with a solid, sweeping ground stroke.
While making state is in the back of his mind, his first goal is to step up and grab at least a third-place finish among the Ohio Cardinal Conference one men.
He will have plenty of opportunities to square off against a pair of great players in Lexington and Ashland’s top men.
“Right now I am just trying to get my serve back to where it needs to be,” said Meyer with a chuckle. “It’s been a little rusty so far this year. I’m still working hard to improve my backhand too.”
Meyer said he is putting plenty of pressure on himself in his final year, while at the same time having plenty of fun competing in a sport he has grown to love.