The Cardinals, led by coach Eric Wimmenauer, are looking to improve off a difficult 2013 campaign. The Cardinals finished with a 1-17 season and lost to Vincennes Rivet in the sectional semifinals at Vincennes Lincoln to end last season. The Cardinals will have seniors’ Macy Kane (No. 1), Claire Burch (No. 2) and Rachel May (No. 3) at the three singles spots to go along with senior Megan LaGrange-Uma Patel at No. 1 doubles and Amillia Mize-Marissa Bradley at No. 2 doubles.
“I think we’re playing alright,” Wimmenauer said. “I’m hoping our experience kicks in with our top three singles players. As long as we put forth the work and hustle, I think we can pull out a few matches and maybe do a lot better in the sectional than we did last year.”
Wimmenauer has high expectations for his seniors and the leadership they can provide, but he knows there is room to grow from the rest of the lineup to help Washington Catholic continue to improve with each match.
“We only had one girl on JV, and that was Uma (Patel) and she really improved,” Wimmenauer said. “She’s partnered with Megan (LaGrange) at No. 1 doubles.”
A year ago, North Daviess coach Lucas Calhoun’s team was trying to gain its footing in terms of experience and now the Cougars have that experience. On a team that fields nine seniors, North Daviess will have strength in numbers.
“We have a lot of senior leaders this year after having only one last year,” Calhoun said. “With those seniors that we have along with four upcoming freshmen, I like where things are at right now.”
At the top three in singles’ spots, Calhoun will have Nicole Woodruff, Brytni Bray and Megan Schenck. At the two doubles spots, North Daviess will have Taylor Jeffers-Madison Reed and Macey Mowery-Caitlin Chestnut.