“The girls are deep with talent,” head coach Melissa Moore said.
The girls team will have some familiar faces on the service line.
At the No. 1 singles position is senior Mallory Walker.
“[Mallory is an] excellent and consistent player,” Moore said. “She is co-captain of the girls team with Maddi [McGinnis].”
At the No. 2 singles position is McGinnis, another senior. “She is a motivated and strong player,” according to Moore.
Freshman Kenly King presently holds down the No. 3 singles slot.
“[Kenly is a] new addition to the team who came up from Cartersville Middle School,” Moore said. “She is a very strong and capable singles player [who] has already proven herself to be a great team player and addition to the team.”
The team has some returning experience at the doubles slots, too.
At the No. 1 doubles position are juniors Annabeth and Charleston Fox, who are sisters.
“They continue to develop their strength as doubles partners,” Moore said. “[They are] focused and willing to give their all for the team.”
Holding down the No. 2 doubles slot are junior Haley Landrum and sophomore Kendyl Westmoreland.
“Both are returning players [who will be] playing for the first time as doubles partners,” Moore noted, “They act as if they have been playing together for a while.”
The team will be building depth with two freshmen. “Rounding out our girls team are Stephanie Ray and Taylor Riddle,” the coach said. “Both of these young ladies are welcome additions to our team. They are strong and developing players who have already demonstrated their commitment and desire to be a part of the Lady Hurricanes.”
Last year the Lady Canes finished with a perfect record during the regular season, 21-0, and their record in Region 5B-AAA was 14-0. Cartersville fell in the second round of the state playoffs.
A building year
Moore said the boys tennis team has a lot of talented players from a year ago.
“We are in a transition and building year especially after having said farewell to Trevor Gotkowski, Tyler Hill and Wyndham Laye,” she said.
The team will have two returning singles players with a new face at the singles No. 1 position.
“Matthew Scott, a senior who is boys captain, has moved up from doubles play last year to fill in our number one spot,” Moore said. “He is a hard working young man who is committed to seeing the Canes excel this year.”
Cartersville has returnees at the other two singles positions.
“Nathan Slocum, a junior, is returning to his position as singles No. 2,” Moore said. “He is continuing to develop his skills an a singles player.”
She said sophomore Drew Adsit will be returning to his position at singles No. 3.
The team will be drawing doubles play from junior Avery Andrews, sophomore Adam Harper and freshman Christian O’Dell.
“We welcome back Avery and Adam, who are great strategists for the team,” Moore said. “They are always working on new ways to improve their techniques.
“Christian is our newest member and has already demonstrated his desire and dedication to the Canes.”
Moore said Cartersville is “still awaiting the return of other players from the winter sports teams.”
The boys went 15-2 during the regular season and ended their season in the second round of the state playoffs.
She said the team has a 17-match season that will prove challenging because of constant weather challenges.
“We will hold the region playoffs here again in April,” she added.
Coach Moore said, “Adairsville will be our biggest challenge this spring. Coaches [Brett] Tolbert and [Michael] Roberson have a great bunch of athletes playing for them. We look forward to our matches with them this season.”
She said coaches expect a good showing this season for both teams.
“Coach Stephanie Earick and I are looking forward to a successful season with this talented group of student athletes,” she said. “We realize we have a great deal to live up to following last year’s region victories. The athletes themselves are definitely motivated to give their all in each and every match. What more could coaches ask for?”