This Coach Spotlight features our Girls Tennis Coach, Andy BeDell
Q: What has been your message to your team with the cancellation of your season?
A: We know we had a great team, outstanding chemistry, we had already come together and had common goals and expectations. Returning upperclassmen had taken leadership roles and taken their experience to heart. I emphasized that this virus was serious stuff and we must be vigilant.
Q: What were your team expectations for 2020?
A: We had a large turnout with nearly 40 players. We had basically identified the varsity team at 12-14 players. Expectations were high. Returning players improved a great deal and the new players who looked to be varsity were strong. A very strong singles lineup and a lot of experience at doubles. My fellow coaches picked us to finish second in the region and in the top five to top seven in the state tourney. But, we still had to play our way there. We had outstanding chemistry early in the season and that goes a long way to having a positive experience for all, win or lose.
Q: Please tell us about your seniors – name, position on team, successes they achieved in the short time they participated this season.
A: Carly Hiner, a captain, was expected to play two or three singles. She developed into a good leader and gained much maturity.
Jenny Wolf, a captain. Also slated to play two or three singles. Hardest worker on the team. Quiet, but set an outstanding example for the rest of the team.
Sara Roberts. Lots of energy and positive attitude. The team loved her spirit and attitude. Lots of experience and grace under pressure.
Nina Ellsworth, slated to play one doubles with Sara. Outstanding attitude and hustle. Also well-liked by the team. A mature presence. All four seniors came together early and set the tone. I could not be more proud of them.
Q: What message do you have for your seniors?
A: My message is that even though we did not get to compete, we know that we had a strong team and one that had already become very close. I know that we are all sad and disappointed, but looking the larger picture we know what is important. Once the social distancing is over we plan on getting together (hopefully early in the summer) and having some hits and sharing some memories. All the seniors stepped up.