Ryan Riordan profiles Chartiers Valley tennis player Kyle Hicken.
"During Kyle Hicken's first season of playing varsity tennis during his sophomore year, Chartiers Valley coach Diane Daeschner said he was a "pickleball player" on the tennis court.
But over the past three seasons, he's turned into the Colts top player and a WPIAL qualifier. But he learned a lot of his game by playing "pickleball," a racket sport in which two to four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a polymer perforated ball over a net.
Hicken qualified for the WPIAL tournament for the second consecutive season by finishing second in the Class AAA Section 5 tournament earlier this month.
"[Pickleball] helps out his net game," Daeschner said. "Pickleball has a smaller court and you're working at the net a lot and it translates to the tennis court.""