County tennis teams are looking for better weather before getting their seasons underway, but all four squads are looking for improvement as none advanced out of the sectional last year.
Brownsburg headed up the county teams that all shared the same sectional last season, playing Mooresville in the final. The Bulldogs fell 3-2 to the Pioneers, but after graduating only two of its starting seven varsity players, they’re in pretty good shape to begin the season.
Even with a good amount of returning experience, Brownsburg coach Karen Starkey has kept the Bulldogs’ aspirations simple.
“Our overall goals are to build on last year’s success and get stronger in every match so we’re in the hunt for the postseason,” she said.
Senior Emily Doehrman, along with juniors Nicole Weisman, Shelby Hornback, and Yolandi Geldenhuis, all return from last year and Starkey pointed to this group as leaders for the squad.
“They obviously have the most experience at the varsity level of match play, but they really push each other to get to a higher level of play and that sets the tone for the entire team,” she said. “They definitely come to the courts ready to compete. With their offseason work, we expect all of our returning varsity players to capitalize on that preparation and push their game up a notch.”
Weisman earned all-conference honors from her No. 2 slot last season.
Although the Bulldogs bring back a wealth of talent, their results will depend on several factors throughout the year.
“Our ability to develop over the season with new players coming into the mix and players becoming acclimated to new positions will be a huge indicator of our success,” Starkey said.
Brownsburg will utilize a series of tournaments to prepare for the postseason and ready themselves for the challenges of conference play. Brownsburg hosts the HCC tournament in May.