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Wildcat tennis team faces tough competition
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,"
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.
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."