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Young, but owning potential.
That is how Anderson County girls' tennis coach Jeremy Cook describes his team as the high school season gets into full swing.
Weather played havoc with the early season schedule, but Anderson got in three matches last week and will return to the court with a full schedule when the school resumes after spring break next week.
As a team, the Lady Bearcats are not expected to challenge the Eighth Region powers such as North Oldham and South Oldham, but Cook feels the Lady Bearcats have the ability to make some regional noise.
“We are very young this year, having only three girls returning with varsity experience,” Cook says. “Hannah Lewis, who played No. 2 singles last year is now our No. 1 singles player. Amanda and Hannah Wampler played No. 1 doubles last year and return this year.
“But we are very pleased with having a large turnout of sophomore and freshman players that have a lot of potential. We will take our licks at times this season with us playing in a very good region. With that said, we see so much improvement each time we play.”
The Wampler sisters shocked the Eighth last year when they rolled through the regional tournament all the way to the championship match. Amanda, a senior, and Hannah, a sophomore, are back to try to at least duplicate their success from last year and possibly build on it with either a regional championship or advancing in the state tournament.
“You can never assume anything in sports, but we do have hopes of (the Wamplers) making another run this year,” Cook says. “But that is not a given. Several teams are returning their No. 1 doubles team so the competition will be as good or better than last year.”
Other than Lewis at the top of the singles and the Wamplers leading the doubles teams, Anderson could be experimenting up until regional tournament time in early May. “We have several sophomores that are going to see a lot of playing time this year, which is a very good thing for the future,” Cook said. “We had a very experienced team last season, but graduation happens every year and you have to start over. We believe that our underclassmen will be a very strong core for us.
“At any given time, we may play as many as five or six other girls at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles.”
Cook says the potential for a good season is there again.
“I hope that we can get people to come out and watch our boys' and girls' tennis teams play a few games this season,” he says. “They may be surprised at the amount of talent at Anderson County High School in the tennis program.”
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