Knights have faith in top six
Head Coach: Kara Watts
2013 Record: 8-4
The Lady Knights are a young team in 2014 and are led by a pair of seniors and doubles partners in Elizabeth Clark and Kristen Davison.
Watts said that Clark has great court awareness, and is able to adjust to any situation and make improvements on the fly. Clark’s greatest weapon is a sharp forehand.
Davison excels individually, but shares a great rapport with Clark on the court as they have partnered since their freshman year.
“They work very well together,” said Watts. “They bring out the best in each other.”
Though the Knights are younger this year, Watts is confident in her top six, given their drive to improve and compete in Conference 3.
Monarchs’ Linda Nguyen is a powerhouse
Head Coach: James Freeman
2013 Record: 0-12
With all of the team’s seniors graduating including Lisa Nguyen, the Monarchs are set to build a strong foundation moving forward.
Helping to build that foundation will be senior Linda Nguyen who finished 3rd in the Central District last year.
“She’s a powerhouse,” said Head Coach James Freeman. “Extremely focused and fiercely competitive.”
Second seeded Kara Hairston could provide some excitement for the Monarchs though she’s inexperienced as a first-year player.
“She’s one to watch this year,” stated Freeman.
Warriors to rely on Johnston to lead the way
Head Coach: Matthew Ramirez
2013 Record: 3-11
Five starters return on a Matoaca tennis team led by first year head coach Matthew Ramirez and top seeded senior Jacee Johnston. This season is her third atop the Warriors’ depth chart in singles and doubles.
Johnston is the team’s leader and has great footwork and technique on the court.
Senior Hannah Green is the team’s second seed and Johnston’s doubles partner. Green is entering her second year playing tennis and also runs cross-country.
Three year starters Hannah Rathje and Chelsea Britt, along with Field Hockey player of the year Jackie Cheely round out Matoaca’s seniors.