EATON — The Eaton tennis team brings back a lot of experienced players at the varsity level and is hoping to cash it in for a successful season.
“With this roster of seniors and level of experience this is a great chance to turn in a good season,” said head coach John Hitchcock. “Tess Flynn has held first singles for three seasons now so she should know the level of competition that’s coming her way and has hopefully been preparing for it. Kyra Houle has been on first doubles for three seasons as well and that experience should serve her well.”
Houle will be joined by senior Honoka Sato, who has improved immensely from last year’s JV squad and worked hard to earn her spot this season, added Hitchcock.
Seniors Rebecca Wolf (second singles) and Maria Kern (third singles) are expected to bring their experience and leadership to the court this season as well.
They lost last year’s second singles player Kaitlyn Mt. Castle and second doubles player Hannah Rose to graduation.
The team, playing the in the always-tough Southwestern Buckeye League’s Southwestern Division, does have an uphill battle ahead of them.
“They’ll need to play consistent tennis and stay mentally sharp and focused. They’ll need to fight for it,” said Hitchcock. “And I hope they’re up for the challenge.”
The team finished with an overall record of 6-12 a season ago, including a fifth place finish in the conference. Their dual match record in the SWBL was 1-5, a record Hitchcock wants to see greatly improve.
Rounding out the rest of the roster are sophomores Barbara Ann Grant and Mariah Brewer, both who will be playing second doubles.
The Lady Eagles already have a week of play under their belt, taking on Tippecanoe, Miami Valley, and Preble Shawnee last week. They dropped all three matches and have started the season at 0-3.
They were scheduled to take on West Carrollton on Monday, Aug. 17 and Franklin on Tuesday, Aug. 18. They will host Bellbrook on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. before taking part in the Preble Shawnee Invitational at Preble Shawnee High School on Saturday, Aug. 22. The event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
Jeremy Erskine may be reached at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @jerskine_RH