The Louisa County High School girls’ tennis team is not wanting for numbers this year. Fourteen players have made the varsity squad, half of whom played for the Lions last season.
In addition to seven new players joining the team, the Lions also have a new head coach.
Rosa Lee Fry, who teaches art at Trevilians Elementary School, is a former tennis player. She spent four years playing for the Lions when she was in high school.
“It’s very much an individual sport, and can get very competitive being out there one-on-one, but at the same time, you’re contributing to your team,” she said. “I liked the camaraderie it built.”
Fry said her experience as a player will allow her to contribute to the program as its head coach. She’s only a few weeks into the season
and she already feels like she is connecting with her players, particularly the team’s five freshmen.
“I like teaching the basics of tennis and seeing it click,” she said. “That moment when they hit their shot perfectly after working at it, that’s what I like about this.”
With their first match coming up soon, Fry has her starting lineup figured out and it includes some familiar faces on the court.
Seniors Caroline Guill and Aja Fleming, who were two of the team’s leaders last year, will return to that role again. They are currently the number one and two players for the team, respectively.
Senior Logan Timberlake will step into the number four position for the Lions and Sophomore Sarah Candeto will be the team’s number three player.
Rounding out the top six are junior Ashlie Crawford and freshman Gabby Matthews, both of whom are new to the varsity team.
Those are the top six players for now, but Fry notes that that could easily change.
The rest of the team consists of three other returning players and five new faces. Senior Rylie Williams and juniors Tinaya Vowels and Liz Lloyd are back on the varsity lineup, while sophomore Amber Louk and freshmen Kieonna Fleming, Ginny Helmandollar, Kamonie Payne and Tykera Waddy will play varsity for the first season.
Whether the athletes are new or returning, Fry expects everyone to contribute to what she hopes will be a winning season.
“Even if they’re not just playing an exhibition game [at the matches], I want them to be giving support, positive energy and effort every day,” she said.