The Lady Mavericks tennis team could use more players.
Kiowa County girls tennis coach Lori Wade enters her 6th year faced not so much with a lack of experience returning as she is with a lack of warm bodies.
As it stands now, there are three third year players returning, but aside from them, there is only one other girl on the squad. “It would be really great to get a couple more girls out this year for tennis,” Coach Wade said.
With a full squad consisting of 2 singles players and 2 doubles teams, there aren’t enough Lady Mavs to fill all the slots.
McKelvie McMurry, senior, returns for her third tennis campaign and will be expected to play varsity. The other two three-year veterans are a pair of juniors: Christen Osborn and Alyssa Lopez. Wade plans for the duo to play mostly varsity, although Lopez may get a couple of JV starts early in the year.
Haleigh Raber is also a junior, in her second year of tennis. She will likely begin the season competing in JV meets, then move up to reinforce the varsity as she gains experience, according to Wade.
Coach Wade foresees fielding a singles player and a doubles team at each early meet, but she intends to mix and match at first. “It is still too early to say where anyone is really going to end up,” Coach Wade said. “I will play all 3 in singles and doubles until I see where they will compete the strongest.”
The Lady Mavs first varsity meet will be September 5 at Cimarron.