“A number of our seniors have played for almost all four years,” Calhoun said. “To have our seniors guiding our four freshman — I like that balance. The program continuity will hopefully be there and we had a good offseason as far as workouts and studying film.”
At this time last year, Loogootee coach Mike Tippery was looking around at a roster that featured zero varsity experience. The lack of experience made 2013 a tough year, but already in 2014, there have been signs of progress. The Lions have defeated North Daviess twice this year already.
“The goal for this season was to improve upon last season,” Tippery said. “We’re still a year or two away from being a great team again.”
Loogootee will have a singles lineup of Emily Bateman (No. 1), Erin Nelson (No. 2) and Tara Pennington (No. 3). At No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, but Eden Jenkins-Ashley Lindauer and Ashley Jones-Emma Walters have gotten the start lately.
“Our singles lineup is basically the same as last year,” Tippery said. “We’re starting sophomore, sophomore, sophomore. I expect more victories out of them this year and to just gradually improve, knowing that for the most part we’ll be going up against juniors and seniors at those spots and athletes who have played 60 or 70 varsity matches.”
The Vikings enter the season after last year ended with a loss in the sectional final to Northeast Dubois, looking for their first sectional title since 2000 under coach Mandy Hannah. The Vikings will have five seniors’ in Allison Hoover, Hania Sisco, Kaitlin Swartzentruber, Breanna Taylor and Jessica Curti.
“I think we’ve played pretty well, I’m very pleased with our effort and how we have improved,” Hannah said. “I’m anxious as the season gets going to see how we match up with everybody else.”