Waynesville High School head girls' tennis coach Paula Davis is hoping to build on last season's doubles success and thinks she can be successful with the group of girls she has in camp this season.
“Last years season ended up being a really good season,” said Davis. “Our doubles team ( Melody Elder and Magi House) won district and that was the first time that had ever happened in the history of the school. Team wise, I wish we would have done a little bit better but the girls played hard and we beat some teams. We started slow but as the season went on we picked up momentum and we finished stronger then when we started and I can't ask for more than that.”
Davis has 24 girls in camp this season and despite having so many she still finds the time to give the girls that need it some much needed one on one time..
“This is the biggest group of girls that I have had in a long time, usually I have about 10-15 so I am amazed by this turnout,” said Davis. “Practices have been going good. It is a little bit rough because I have so many girls and it is just me but the girls pretty much stay on task so once I get them going they pretty much can handle it from there, making it easier for me to go on and work with other girls. They are a great group of girls.”
House is going to have to get used to a new partner and so far in camp the results have looked good, as the team is focused and preparing for the new season.
“We have Magi (House) back, who is the doubles district champion,” said Davis. “Her partner this year will be Makenzie King, who is a junior, Makenzie has played her butt off this summer and has really improved a lot and so I think Magi is hoping to repeat as doubles district champion.”
Although she lost her best player (Elder) to graduation, Davis still has plenty of girls who can step up and fill that role once the season starts and help the team to improve on thir 7-5 mark from a year ago..
“We have several seniors, compared to how they played last year, they are kind of about the same so I predict us to have kind of a similar season as to last year,” said Davis. “We have a young girl, Sophia Cressler, a freshman ,at the number six position, she is a really strong player, kind of competitive. She is kind of green because she is just getting started but she gets to everything that is hit at her and she works hard.”
Davis thinks that the Ozark Conference will be very competitive, with the Springfield schools playing well but she is not ready to count out her Tigers just yet.
“Conference wise, I am hoping to finish in the top five,” said Davis. “Last season we finished 7th and I think we can improve on that.”
Waynesville will open their 2012 season today when they travel to Lebanon.
Here is the rest of the 2012 schedule:
8/23/2012 4:00 pm @ Lebanon High School
8/24/2012 4:00 pm @ Jefferson City Helias High School
8/27/2012 4:00 pm vs. Richland High School
8/28/2012 4:00 pm vs. Willow Springs High School
8/30/2012 4:00 pm @ Jefferson City High School
9/4/2012 4:30 pm @ Osage High School
9/6/2012 4:00 pm vs. Camdenton High School
9/10/2012 3:00 pm vs. Springfield Hillcrest High School
9/11/2012 4:00 pm vs. West Plains High School
9/15/2012 8:00 am @ Rolla Tournament
9/18/2012 TBA @ Springfield Tournament
9/20/2012 11:00 am vs. Kickapoo & Lebanon dbl dual @ Springfield
9/24/2012 4:00 pm vs. Rolla High School
9/25/2012 TBA Varsity Ozark Conference Tournament @ Springfield
9/29/2012 8:30 am Waynesville Tournament
10/1/2012 – 10/5/2012 Varsity District Tournament TBA