EATON — The Eaton girl’s tennis squad will look to keep improving this year, as they bring back six players from last season.
The squad finished 3-13 overall last year and took sixth place in the Southwestern Buckeye League’s Southwestern Division.
The Eagles have four juniors on the team this year, including Tess Flynn who is holding the No. 1 singles position. Their only key loss was Kylee Morgan, who played No. 1 doubles for the Eagles last season.
Morgan will be replaced by incoming freshmen Barbara-Ann Grant, who will move to the No. 2 doubles position to fill the void.
The remaining starters for the Eagles this season will be senior Kaitlyn Mt. Castle (No. 2 singles), junior Rebecca Wolf (No. 3 singles), freshmen Maria Kern and junior Kyra Houle (No. 1 doubles), and senior Hannah Rose (No. 2 doubles).
Although the Eagles will be returning most of their players from last season, they will still have their work cut out for them. The team finished sixth in the division, but many of the other teams in the SWBL were also young.
“I would like to get us around .500 record-wise. Normally you’d feel good about that many girls coming back but unfortunately all the teams we played were young, too,” said head coach John Hitchcock.
“There might have been two or three teams that were heavy with seniors, but all the other teams are coming back with similar line-ups.”
Hitchcock did add that many of his girls worked hard over the winter to improve their game.
“Some of our top girls played over the winter which is new. I got them into an indoor club to keep playing some, so we’ll see if that translates to anything on the court,” said Hitchcock. “League-wise, if we can place in the mid to upper part of the league – if we can push the ‘Brookevilles’ and the ‘Valleyviews’ – I would like us to certainly improve a couple spots from last year.”
The Eagles opened their season hosting Preble-Shawnee on Monday, Aug. 11. They also traveled to Northridge on Tuesday.