The Archbold girls tennis team was successful last season, despite a deceiving 10-9 record. They are hoping to have more success in 2017 with the return of four letter winners.
“Outlook for 2017 looks good,” said second-year coach Logan Wyse. “I hope we continue to have successful winning seasons moving forward as we have had the last 4 years.”
Last year the Blue Streaks had good doubles teams, as they placed second in doubles tournaments held at Napoleon and Defiance.
Back to help them this season are seniors Belle Clark and Melayna Stuckey, along with juniors Leah Miller and Amanda Payne. They will have to replace the production left behind by graduated seniors Itzy Gaona, Caroline Kinsman, Isabel Krieger and Darby Stevens.
“Our strength this season is the return of our four letter winners,” said Wyse. “Two are juniors who will be with us next year as well, and the two seniors saw a lot of playing time last year.”
However, after those players the cupboard is somewhat bare.
The newcomers to fill out the roster are freshmen Maggie Henry, Isabella Ruiz, and Adriana Thompson.
“Last year we graduated 4 starters from our team and we will look to our younger athletes to fill those roles this year,” noted Wyse.
The coach expects his team to win a lot of matches this season.
Looking at (how we fared) last year, I believe we will be a top competitor this year,” he said. “We are looking forward to the double tournaments we are entered in and hope to continue to be a top team. The girls did well last year and I see them excelling throughout this season. The team has a strong desire to learn more and work hard to get better.”
Archbold opens the season today at Bryan. They are once again in action on Tuesday when they host Bowling Green at 4:30 p.m.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010