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Wildcat tennis team faces tough competition

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Experience is key to making a team competitive, and this year,


the Mount Si tennis team is lacking a lot of experience. But team


members' determination should take them far.


Coach Sue Gallagher, now in her second year, realizes that many


players in KingCo have a lot more practice on the court. "We struggle in


the league because most teams have players that play year-round. They have


the facilities to play in the offseason,"


said Gallagher.


Top returners for the year are four juniors: Jacob Waggoner, Heath


Jones, Ben DeBoer and Brandon Bumpus.


When asked who is No. 1, Gallagher thought for a moment,


then quipped, "Ben Deboer is No. 1, but if you had asked us a couple days ago,


it would have been Jacob Waggoner. Ask us again tomorrow and it


could be someone else."


League play begins Sept. 14 at Bellevue.



At a glance:



Coach: Sue Gallagher varsity, Jerry Spalding JV


Years coaching: 3 and 14


Last year's record: 1-7


League finish: seventh.


Top returners: Jacob Waggoner, junior, Heath Jones, junior, Ben


DeBoer, junior, Brandon Bumpus, junior.


Outlook: A very young team that will improve with experience.



Schedule:



Contest starting times are 3:30


Home matches are bold.


Sept. 14, at Bellevue


Sept. 19, at Newport


Sept. 21, Sammamish


Sept. 26, at Liberty


Sept. 28, Mercer Island


Oct. 3, at Interlake


Oct. 5, Skyline


Oct. 10, Issaquah


"We struggle in the league because most teams


have players that play year-round."


Sue Gallagher


Tennis Coach

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