Netters back on the court

Nicole Harlow, one of three returning starters, returns a serve during a recent tennis practice

As the weather begins to warm up, the Louisa Lions’ girls tennis team is hitting the courts and getting ready for the 2020 season.

“It feels good to be back,” said returning player Nicole Harlow. “I’m excited to see how many matches we will win and how we’ll grow as a team.

The team boasts a large number of players this year, numbering 14 in total. The Lions lost only one senior from last year’s team and return several players to the roster.

In total, there are five players back from last season. In addtion to Harlow, starters Ginny Helmandollar and McKenzie Proffit return for their senior season. Alternates Kadirra Thurston and Claire Groff return to the team as well.

“I’m looking to see leadership from them,” said Head Coach Rosa Fry. “They’ve been around a while and know what to do.”

The remainder of the roster is filled out with nine first-time varsity players, all looking to leave their mark on the court: Olivia Grubbs, Nathalie Hoelscher, Abbie Hopkins, Katelynn Jones, Savannah Marcum, Olivia Protesenko, Elizabeth Rosson, Sarah Schulte and Josie Walker.

“Everyone’s complementing each other and they’re open to getting better,” Proffit said of the new players.

The team is still in the process of figuring out who their top six starters will be for the season, but Fry is hoping to see great things from the team this year.

“I hope to have a winning season like last year,” she said. “We made it to the second round of regionals last year, and we’re hoping to make it at least that far again.”

The Lions officially begin their season on March 17 with a road match against the Monticello Mustangs. Action begins at 5 p.m.

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