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The Marion County Lady Knights tennis team won’t have their top singles players from last year, as Kameron Simmons and Leanna Begley were lost to graduation. For this year’s team, Head Coach Angela Holt says she is still in the process of determining the seedings.
“We’ve had a few inter-squad matches and plan for more next week, Holt said. “At this point No. 1 singles will probably be Olivia Thompson or Taylor Corbett. In doubles, Madison Cassidy and Elyssa Holt have been playing as the No. 1 doubles for the last three years. They will start there again this year but our other doubles teams will push them to hold on to the top spot.”
Also, in singles action, Holt looks for Alyssa Farmer to be a contributor.
“Alyssa Farmer is back this year to play,” Holt said. “She played as a sixth-grader and scored points for the team as the No. 3 singles player. Although she didn’t play last year I expect she will regain consistency in her skills quickly and make significant contributions to the team.”
In doubles action, Holt not only looks for Cassidy and Holt to be top doubles players, but also hopes for the team of Hayley Abell and Allie Evans as well as the pair of Brooke Lee and Lauren Buckman to play well for the Lady Knights tennis team this season.
Although two of the top players won’t return, this year’s team still has four players that were on last year’s Heartland Conference championship team. Elyssa Holt, Madison Cassidy, Hayley Abell, and Olivia Thompson bring back that experience that will hopefully carry over to this year’s squad.
Last year, Olivia Thompson played doubles, but this year is transitioning to singles play.
“Her speed and quickness will enable her to cover the court well,” Holt said. “She has a great work ethic. I think she will be able to hold her own with the other singles players in the area after she gets some experience and makes the necessary adjustments in her game.”
The Marion County Lady Knights tennis team will begin play on Thursday against LaRue County at home and will also have a match Friday at home against Bardstown. Next Monday, they will travel to Bethlehem and next Tuesday will face Washington County at home.