If the Burroughs High boys' tennis team hopes to have another fine playoff run in the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs, it will have to accomplish that feat without two key players.
The Indians, who open the postseason at 3 p.m. Wednesday with a home match against Rio Mesa, have one player who is injured and another who is ineligible because of grades.
The biggest loss is junior Michael Whelan, who is suffering from a wrist injury. Whelan is a versatile player who can compete in singles and doubles.
"Michael's wrist is pretty bad; we might lose him for the entire playoffs," Burroughs Coach Roy Bernhardt said. "And the player who was ineligible is from our No. 3 doubles team. So I'm going to have to shuffle around the lineup a little for the playoffs."
Bernhardt and the Indians (10-2) are fresh from a Pacific League season in which they placed second behind champion Arcadia.