After losing their top two singles players, senior Braden Lawyer will move up to No. 1 singles after playing at No. 3 singles last season. Trevor Wikle will be at No. 2 singles after playing at No. 1 doubles last season. The third singles player will be Trent Bowman, and Tommy Newby-Brian Lawyer will be at No. 1 singles. Rounding out the lineup at No. 2 doubles will be Tanner Gray-Ethan Hawk, who are both freshman.
“Braden (Lawyer) is in his third year in the Cougars program,” Higgins said. “He’s a real good kid and a smart player. He’s got big shoes to fill in the jump from No. 3 singles to No. 1 singles, but he’s a smart enough kid to figure it out. Trevor Wikle played some No. 3 singles last year, and he’s improved quite a bit from last season. Trent Bowman played JV last year, and he played some No. 2 doubles on the varsity level last season. He (Wikle) seems to have a knack for singles, he plays pretty well there and hopefully he continues to improve.
“Both Tommy Newby and Brian Lawyer played JV last year — neither has any varsity experience and they have played together pretty well. Hopefully they continue to do that, because we’re going to need them at No. 1 doubles. Tanner Gray and Ethan Hawk are both freshmen, they’ve got a lot of potential and they really enjoy it. They communicate pretty well together.”
With such a young lineup, Higgins is keeping expectations in check. He is just hopeful that the young Cougars can improve with each practice and matches.
“Our main focus for this season will be to improve as much as we can to get ready for the end of the season and the sectional,” Higgins said. “Hopefully by the end of the season we’ve made a lot of improvements.”