Times Staff Reporter
A new look Northview girls tennis team will head into the 2010 season in hopes of continuing the program's impressive string of recent success.
The Knights head into the upcoming season hoping to earn a sixth-consecutive sectional title, which would also be the ninth sectional the team has won in 10 years.
Repeating last year's success will not be easy, however, as graduation took a heavy toll on the team. Gone from last year are No. 1 and No. 2 singles players Allie Melega and Ali Rentschler, as well as Bonnie Froderman and Allison Stearley, who were on the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles squad. Coach Emily Goff said she was still in the process of figuring out how she will replace the leadership she lost.
"I don't know who is going to take (our graduating player's) spots," Goff said. "Right now, we've got a lot of girls fighting for positions."
Goff said a great deal of workouts, which began with an offseason program in January, has gone into finding out who would be suitable to see varsity action. Two weeks into official practices, the search is still ongoing.
Currently, six players are in competition for the varsity doubles slots, none of whom have any notable varsity experience. They include seniors Justine Farris, Connor Reinoel and Carlee Coughanowr, junior Elizabeth Emmert, and sophomores Briana Cook and Kylee Orr.
Despite their lack of experience, Goff expressed confidence that over time, her doubles team would elevate its play to the high level, which has become expected with Lady Knights tennis.
"We definitely have some work to do," Goff said, "but I believe these girls have the potential to be as good as our teams have been in previous years."
While progress could prove to take time for the inexperienced doubles squad, such a problem shouldn't be expected in singles play, as the three girls Goff called the 'front-runners' to earn positions were contributors to last year's team.
Senior Hannah Pond served as the No. 3 singles players last season while classmate Lauren Reberger was on the No. 1 doubles team. Kaci Kehrt, a junior, was on the No. 2 doubles team in 2009. The three helped spearhead the Knight's sectional win over Owen Valley last season, after Melega and Rentschler were defeated in their matches.
Goff said official positioning for the three would be determined through a string of
Pond said she hopes for the team to experience a great deal of camaraderie and to 'be like a family' as they progressed through their season. As one of the focal points of the team's success, she said she hoped to achieve a personal success which would, in turn, help elevate the play of her teammates.
"I want to go out doing my best this season," Pond said. "I just personally want to play well every match because it will help the team compete."
While the club may experience growing pains early in the season, Goff said her overall expectation is the same as it is every year. While she stressed nothing was guaranteed, she very confidently stated she expected nothing less than a sixth consecutive sectional title from her team this year.
"Our goal right now is to win sectional again," Goff said. "We've worked very hard in the offseason and I don't think there's any reason to believe we aren't capable of winning it again."
Northview begins its sectional defense on April 12, with a home match against Plainfield.
2010 Northview girls tennis
|Mon. April 12||vs. Plainfield||5 p.m.|
|Wed. April 14||at Linton||5 p.m.|
|Thu. April 15||vs. T.H. South||4:30 p.m.|
|Mon. April 19||at T.H. North||5 p.m.|
|Tue. April 20||at Rockville||5 p.m.|
|Thu. April 22||vs. S.Vermillion||5 p.m.|
|Tue. April 27||vs. Owen Valley||4:30 p.m.|
|Thu. April 29||at Edgewood||5 p.m.|
|Sat. May 1||Northview Invite||9 a.m.|
|Thu. May 6||at West Vigo||5 p.m.|
|Sat. May 8||at Sullivan||1 p.m.|
|Mon. May 10||vs. S. Putnam||5 p.m.|
|Wed. May 12||at Danville||5 p.m.|
|Sat. May 15||at N. Montgomery||TBA|