By Jacki Wood
Last year, the Maryville girls tennis team went 10-0 during the regular season, won the Midland Empire Conference for the first time since 1986-87 and placed 2nd at districts.
This year, even with three varsity players lost to graduation, the Spoofhounds are hungry for more.
“I am excited for the season,” Head Coach Nicole McGinness said, who is in her seventh year of coaching the MHS girls team. “I believe this is going to be a great year for the team because they are all driven and motivated to do their best.”
The three varsity seniors from last year include Kelly Filips who went to state in doubles with Lauren Macali, Maddy Stelter who did not lose a singles match all season and Hanah Kizer.
Back for more are Macali, a senior who placed 2nd in district doubles, won sectional doubles and was a state doubles qualifier, and Bethel Orshiso, also a senior who placed 3rd in district singles.
McGinness said other projected impact players include senior Bailey White, sophomore Marena Mendez and junior TJ Oglesby.
“My expectation is for the girls to challenge themselves to continue to strive to be the best they can be on the court,” she said. “We have 10 girls out that are all vying for the six varsity spots. We have some newcomers to the team that add a lot of depth.”
She said they will focus on fundamentals, being consistent and playing to the best of their abilities.
“We will have new players stepping up to play varsity this year,” she said. “I want them to be confident in their abilities. I see a lot of potential in them.”
The Spoofhounds will start the season on August 25 at home against Lafayette.