The GHS tennis teams for ’09 look to be a pair of talented crews with the potential to capture some big awards this season.
Girls' coach Todd Kerr has a roster with plenty of returning talent and first year boys' coach Kelly Kerr likes what he has seen so far from his players.
Sophomore Kelsey Kerr re-assumes the mantle at one singles for the girls’ team this season.
“Last year Kelsey qualified for state at one singles,” said Todd Kerr. “She’s a solid player for us there. She’s been playing ever since she was little. One singles is always tough because every town has a good tennis player.”
Sophomore Katelin Threet is a relative newcomer to tennis but she has proven to be a fast learner and will hold the two singles spot. Threet missed out on the state tournament by one spot last season.
“Katelin really hasn’t played that much tennis,” Todd Kerr said. “She’s just a natural athlete; the best athlete I’ve ever coached. She just picked it up (tennis.) She didn’t make the team at the beginning of last season but by the end of the year she had beat everyone but Kelsey.”
“We’re really solid at singles,” Todd Kerr added.
The one doubles team for the Lady Ridgerunners is an experienced senior duo of Michelle Barber and Sophi Hernandez.
“Michelle is a good senior and so is Sophi,” Todd Kerr said. “We should have a good one doubles team.”
The two doubles team of Kelsey Bomar and Brandi Black, both sophomores, has been making steady progress during pre-season drills.
“I really think our two doubles will get better as the year goes on,” Todd Kerr said.
The goals for the girls’ tennis team are ambitious but attainable.
“If Kelsey and Katelin don’t get any injuries then those two should be in state,” Todd Kerr said. “And I think the one doubles should make it, too.”
The largest goal is to qualify the entire team for state.
“That’s only been done a few times here at Grove in the years that I’ve been coaching,” Todd Kerr said.
For the Ridgerunners senior Will Quinton is playing at one singles and junior Caleb Cook is at two singles.
“Right now we have our two best guys at singles but we may pair them up at one doubles for some later tournaments,” Kelly Kerr said.
The one doubles team for GHS features sophomore Brad Fraizer and freshman Spencer Pogue. The team is still figuring out who will play at two doubles.
“Britton Medlin will be vying for a spot at two doubles,” Kelly Kerr said. “Bryce Armstrong is going to be playing for us also.”
The new boys’ coach is looking forward to a good season.
“I’m anxious to see what we’ll do,” Kelly Kerr said. “I think right now our one singles and two singles should be competitive. We’ve got some talent at one doubles but they’re young. It could be a learning experience for them at these first couple of tournaments.”