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The Varsity Tennis Team gather around a picnic table after their meet.

The Varsity Tennis Team gather around a picnic table after their meet.

Laurie Jaeger

The Varsity Tennis Team gather around a picnic table after their meet.

Laurie Jaeger

Laurie Jaeger

The Varsity Tennis Team gather around a picnic table after their meet.

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As the spring temperatures increase, so do the Women’s Varsity Tennis Team’s excitement for their 2019 season.

The team has their first two meets on Saturday March 30 at the Kennedy tennis courts. The girls will play against Xavier at 9 a.m. and Jefferson at 1 p.m.

Due to the cold weather before spring break, the team had indoor training at various locations including Elmcrest Country Club.

“We’re going to practice inside for probably two weeks before our first meet. There’s conditioning after school for people who can’t make it to the practices,” Sands said.

The Women’s Varsity Tennis Team welcomes a new coach this year, social studies teacher Joe Benedict. Senior Reya Sands and junior Kelsey Jaeger are two of the four returning varsity players and they are ready for a change in coaching.

“We all know him and since he’s a teacher at Kennedy we’re all comfortable with him. It’ll be good to have a new dynamic during practice,” Sands said.

Compared to past seasons, Sands and Jaeger are prepared for a more constructive level of coaching.

“It’ll be more strict, more conditioning and more actually coaching, not just helping us move along,” Jaeger said.

Sands and Jaeger are prepared for an intense level of training, which they hope will help them improve.

“I want to better myself as a player and a teammate, hopefully I’ll make it to state in singles or doubles and just have fun,” Jaeger said.

Laurie Jaeger
Junior Kelsey Jaeger serves during her match in 2018.

Sands is going to soak up every minute of her last season as a Cougar tennis athlete.

“My goal is to just do my best, to show Benedict that I care and that I’m trying. Since it’s my senior year I want to the best for myself since it’s my last year playing and I want to enjoy it,” Sands said.

The team will have meets every single Tuesday and Thursday from March 30 until May, as long as the weather holds up. The Cougars went 8-5 overall last spring, winning 68 matches and lost 49.

With only four returning varsity athletes, the team will have to find new younger athletes for the varsity team this year. The girls will also create new relationships with each other to reunite the team.

“We want to have good team bonding sessions. We don’t ever have a problem getting along but there’s not really much of a connection between all of us so we want to make that connection,” Sands said.

Sands hopes that the coaching-change will be advantageous for the team and the individual athletes.

“He’s not here to just mess around, he’s here to win but he’s not all about winning,” Sands said. “He wants us to try out hardest and do the best we can.”

 

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Senior Reya Sands at a tennis meet during the 2018 season.

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My name is Jenna Anderson, I am a senior and this is my fourth year in Torch. I have an older sister who goes to the University of Iowa, who encouraged...

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