CAMDEN — The Preble Shawnee women’s tennis team has a lot of unanswered questions for this upcoming season.
The Arrows finished third in the Southwestern Buckeye League’s Buckeye Division and went 15-4 overall last season. However, from that successful team, they have lost four players, including the No. 3 singles champion Skyler Taulbee. Jennifer Fudge and Brandy Curtis (No. 1 doubles) along with Jessica Stollfus (No. 2 doubles) all graduated as well.
“It’s going to be tough to improve on last year’s season, but I think we are going to have a good year. I believe we should finish well above .500 again. I would love to see us finish as high, or higher, in the league standings as we did last year,” said head coach Dave Hubbard.
The team brings a mixture of experience and youth to the helm, though. Junior Brooklyn Hubbard will start at No. 1 singles for the team, while senior Kortney Quillen will play No. 3 singles. They also add freshmen Ashlyn Hubbard to their team, who will be playing in the No. 2 singles spot.
“Our singles lineup is very solid. We are as strong, if not stronger than last year,” said Hubbard.
“Brooklyn has worked really hard on her game and is coming into this season playing very well. Her serve is improved and her net game is stronger. We really need her to play well as the anchor of this team. Ashlyn is playing well but lacks the experience you would normally have in a second singles player. If she settles in quickly and gets some confidence, she will do well for us. Kortney played the entire season last year at second singles and did well, so I expect she will have a terrific year at third singles.”
Hubbard noted the biggest loss for his team is in the doubles arena. The team lost three out of their four doubles players from last season, and they have been replaced by girls with no varsity experience.
“It’s very important that those players continue to improve quickly and win some individual matches. We are going to be really counting on (sophomore) Sidney (Quillen) to lead our doubles group,” said Hubbard.
Quillen will start at No. 1 doubles. She will be joined by seniors Molly Curtis (No. 1 doubles), Megan Howell (No. 2 doubles), and Rebecca Richardson (No. 2 doubles).
Preble Shawnee’s season opened on Monday, Aug. 11, when they traveled to Eaton to take on the Eagles. They play at Edgewood this Wednesday.