Head coach: James Gibowski
Team captains: Seniors Alex Sjoboen, Emily Schwabe, Allie Urbasich, Katie Larson and Hannah Jones.
Team strengths: The girls tennis team is coming back to play after their best season ever in 2016, and with a strong lineup of returning players, they hope to continue to improve.
“Last year, I thought we had a really good season. We won five matches. I told the girls at the beginning of the season if we won five matches I would shave off my mustache, which I’ve had for 30 years and we won five matches,” Gibowski said. “We also lost three matches four to three, that’s how close it was.”
The seniors want to push further beyond their performance last year and turn all of those close losses into wins.
Challenges: The weather has been one of the biggest roadblocks for the team thus far in the season. Because of the wind and rain, they have not yet been able to practice outside on the courts and are stuck practicing inside the Mount Si High School gym.
Because of the differences in the floor and balls used, practicing inside a gym is not ideal. It is also a smaller space than a tennis court, restricting the full range of movement. Gibowski said determining the top 12 players to put on varsity has been tricky due to this, as the performance of players can shift once they are on a real tennis court.
Don’t miss: Mount Si’s first home game against Liberty High School, at 3:45 p.m., on Thursday, March 16.
“They are always a great group of girls,” Gibowski said. “They are focused and they want to get out on the courts like I do.”
Tue, Mar 14 Juanita 3:45 pm at Juanita
Thu, Mar 16 Liberty 3:45 pm at Home
Mon, Mar 20 Interlake 3:45 pm at IHS
Tue, Mar 21 Eastlake 3:45 pm at Eastlake High School Thu, Mar 23 Sammamish 3:45 pm at Home Tue, Mar 28 Bothell 3:45 pm at Home Wed, Mar 29 Sammamish 4 pm at Odle Middl Thu, Mar 30 Issaquah 3:45 pm at Home Tue, Apr 4 Skyline 3:45 pm at Skyline High School Thu, Apr 6 Tahoma 3:45 pm at Home Tue, Apr 18 Woodinville 3:45 pm at Woodinville High School Wed, Apr 19 Hazen 3:30 pm at Hazen Thu, Apr 20 Inglemoor 3:45 pm at Home Tue, Apr 25 Newport 3:45 pm at Newport High School