Despite the loss of 12 seasons of varsity experience, including second biggest singles winner in the history of the program, Adams Central's fifth-year head tennis coach Michael Hower has a positive spin on the situation.
"We are excited to have some new faces fill out our varsity team," said Hower.
"Last year's team had all kinds of experience, so there are a lot of girls who have been waiting for a chance to play and they are going to get that. We hope we can build on the success of the past four years."
Gone is four-year starter Chelsea Selking, who already has a season under her belt playing No. 1 singles and doubles for St. Francis, the No. 1 doubles team of Amy Goulet/Katie Johnson (23-2), and three-year starter Lauren Harvey.
Selking's 67 wins was the second most in school history and she railed off a 21-2 record in '10, helping the Jets to the sectional and ACAC championships.
However, the cupboards are not bare. Singles player Hali Wendel is back as is the No. 2 doubles team of Madison Johnson and Emily Parrish. Alisen Barger, who played for Wendel last year at No. 3 singles, is recovering from a fractured foot and will be ready to go in about two weeks, noted Hower, who is 54-9 in his tenure in Jetland.
Wendel and the Johnson/Parrish team were key players during crunch time for us last year, so they have that competitive experience to lead this team," said Hower.
Top newcomers and candidates for the open slots include Jessica Ripley in singles, Breann Stucky in doubles and Hannah Harvey.
And Hower is in no short supply of candidates for varsity and jayvee spots. There are 23 on the total squad, including seven frosh, nine sophomores, five juniors and the two seniors, Wendel and Barger.
Lauren Harvey went 13-10 overall and was second team All-ACAC last year. Barger went 1-0 at No. 2, and 6-4 at No. 3 singles. Wendel went 8-6 at No. 3 and Heather Mitchel 1-0.
Parrish/Johnson went 9-5 at No. 2 doubles, while Ashley Biberstine combined with Madison to go 4-4.
The Jets' jayvee went 7-5 overall with Mitchel going 5-1 at No. 1 singles and Barger 3-3. Ripley went 1-0 at No. 1 and 5-1 at No. 2 jayvee singles. She was 4-0 at No. 3.
Lydia Johnson went 1-0 at No. 2 and 7-0 at No. 3. Hannnah Harvey and Breann Stucky compiled an 11-1 mark at No. 1 jayvee doubles a year ago.