The Wauseon girls tennis team may have some early growing pains with some new faces on the team, but they hope to be at their peak by the end of the season.
“I think by mid- to late-season we will be competitive and a challenge for many teams,” said second-year head coach Kody Moden.
Returning letter winners for the Indians are Julie Waldron, second doubles; Alizia Kudlica, second doubles; and Sierra Rupp, third singles and second doubles. They also add newcomers Sam Aeschliman, Caitlyn Mcdonough, Alisa Shelt, Tatum Barnes, Aslinn Meeker, and Paige Smith.
“I have some girls who are committed to improving and being competitive, and I think that younger players will learn from them,” said Moden.
However, they will have to replace Paige Moden, first doubles; Sophia Stockham, first doubles; Madi Rice, second singles; Kate McKean, second doubles; and Maddy Wendt, first singles.
“Inexperience and youth as a team overall,” said Moden on his team’s potential weaknesses for the season. “Many first-time tennis players.”
Wauseon begins the season next Monday, when they host Defiance at 4:30 p.m.