MORRIS – After one of the more successful seasons in school history, Morris girls tennis coach Becky Ortega is hoping for one thing this year.
“We are pretty excited about the prospects for this year,” Ortega said. “One of our goals is to get the three girls who made it to state last year back there and go a little further. We also hope to get more players to state.”
The Redskins sent three players to the state tournament in the Chicago suburbs last year. The doubles team of Monica Davy and Leah Lines returns, as the seniors reached the state tournament last season as juniors. Monica’s sister, Megan, made the state tournament as a freshman in singles and returns this year for her sophomore campaign. Monica Davy and Lines went 2-2 at the state tournament last season, while Megan Davy was 0-2 at the tourney.
Other varsity players for the Redskins this season will be junior Emma Dingbaum, who made a deep sectional run last year, junior Hanna Burblys, sophomore Rachel Burblys, junior Autumn See, junior Rachel DeGrush and sophomore Alyssa Larsen. Which player will be playing which role has yet to be determined.
“We haven’t really talked about who will be playing singles or doubles yet,” Ortega said. “Emma Dingbaum did a real good job for us at No. 2 singles last year and went pretty deep in the sectional. But a lot of these girls took lessons over the summer, and I can see a lot of improvement from all of them. These first few days of practice will be for deciding who will play singles or doubles and what fits everyone the best.
“One thing I like is that we do have a lot of girls that have worked hard since last season. Hopefully, that will make for a better season for us. We were kind of middle of the pack as far as the conference goes last year. It would be nice to see us move to the top of the pack. That, and get more girls to state and move the ones that have already been there a little farther along.”
Morris begins play Aug. 26 at Streator before opening at home on, Sept. 3 against LaSalle-Peru.