Despite losing his first match of the 2010 season, Caesar Rodney High School sophomore Jared Morris has high hopes for this spring's campaign. Morris said he's planning on taking a run at a conference title, and hopefully running deep into the state tournament.

Age: 15
Grade: 10th
School: Caesar Rodney High School
Position: First singles
Height: 6 feet, 3 inches
Weight: 155 pounds

Coming off a back injury that ended his 2009 season just short of the final round of the state tournament, sophomore tennis player Jared Morris of Caesar Rodney High School is looking to make a name for himself this year.

Morris spent his summer rehabbing his injury and is set to take on opponents at the conference and state level this year in the first singles slot.

Prior to a match on March 25, Morris sat down with the Dover Post to discuss what he’s planning for this year.

Q You opened your season with a tough loss to Dover’s Mike Schwartzmeyer, one of your biggest rivals in the conference. Was the loss just based on opening match jitters and do you think you gave him your best game?
A It was not a good way to start my season. I just didn’t get focused. I could never really get a hold of my game. But it’s motivated me a lot to prove that I don’t really play like that. I put it behind me already.

Q You had a very successful freshman season, ranking No. 8 in the state following the finals before you hurt your back. What did you do this year to make sure you get better and what do you expect this season?
A I expect to win conferences this year and go pretty far in the states. I trained a lot over the summer and got my back stronger. Plus I started to play indoor tennis a lot, and trained with my teammate Seth [McFall].

Q What about for the team? What are the goals there?
A Our goal, just like every year, is to win conferences as a team. Last year we were close but we just couldn’t do it. I think our doubles are stronger than they were last year though so I think we can do it.

Q Where do you feel like you’re better this year on the court that could help you achieve the goals you set?
A My forehand is the strongest this year that it’s ever been. I’ve worked a lot on it this summer and it’s getting there. Also, my serve is getting a lot harder than it has been.

Q You also play varsity football at the quarterback position. This past season you backed up Keith Boris, but with Boris graduating do you think you’ll be in contention for the starting job?
A I hope so. I came out here last summer and worked a lot with the quarterbacks and I’ll do that again. With my back last summer I couldn’t participate in everything, but this summer I’m hoping for the best.

WHO Caesar Rodney High School (1-1, 1-1) at Smyrna High School (1-1, 1-1)
WHEN 4 p.m. Monday, March 29
WHERE 500 Duck Creek Parkway, Smyrna

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