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Youthful Wolverine netters look for improvement

SWITZ CITY — Second year White River Valley girls tennis coach Katie Mullis enters the season in search of her first win in charge of the Lady Wolverines. Mullis will have to replace five starters from last season’s 0-13 team, but is optimistic about the season.

“We will have pretty much a brand new team this year,” Mullis said. “We have a lot of young girls but I have all the confidence in them and just want them to go out and have fun.”

Senior Kendra Brown will be the Lady Wolverines No. 1 singles player this season. Brown played at No. 2 singles last season.

Junior Mindy Neeley will play at No. 2 singles, moving up from No. 1 doubles a season ago.

Brooke Braswell will round out the singles court for the Lady Wolverines, at the No. 3 spot. The sophomore was the top singles player for Mullis last season on the reserve squad and also filled in whenever Mullis needed her to.

“Brooke got some varsity experience last season filling in wherever we needed her to,” Mullis said. “She did a nice job on the junior varsity as well as filling in on the varsity, she should be a big asset to us this season.”

The No. 1 doubles tandem will be comprised of senior Stephanie Decker and sophomore Amanda Mowery.

Mullis said Decker played her freshman year but took the last two seasons off.

Sophomores Danni Higgins and Megan Padgett will be the No. 2 doubles team this season.

“I really like how they both work together,” Mullis said of her doubles team. “They both just have a great attitude and work really hard.”

Sophomores Taylor Blanton and Jenny Nolting will be two players Mullis said she can count on from the junior varsity squad to fill in on varsity if she needs to.

“They both are comfortable at playing singles or doubles and we will turn to them if we need any holes filled this season,” Mullis said. “Their flexibility will be a good luxury to have.”

Foreign exchange student Lena Kanatova, sophomore Sara Wines and freshmen Chelsea Bough, Alyssa Flynn, Jacie Gouckenour and Kylie Cox rounds the roster for the Lady Wolverine netters.

“I have been proud of the girls for the way they have prepared so far,” Mullis said. “They are all trying their best and that is all you can ask of them.

“They all have great attitudes and are working well together. They help each other out and are always encouraging one another. I am very excited to get started and see what they can do.”

WRV will open their season up Monday at home against Linton-Stockton.

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