• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

WCHS tennis team prepares for season

Woodford County High School tennis coach Stan Watts returns a boys' team that went 12-3 last season and are primed to have another solid year on the court.

“We have some young players who have more experience this season and I think we should be as good or better this year,” said Watts.

Freshman Evan Bentley looks to build on to his young but successful career. Bentley started as an eighth-grader last season and currently has a hold on the number one slot on the boys' team. Junior Mason McIntyre brings more experience to the boys' team and will be a tough matchup on the court.

“Our top two players are strong,” said Watts. “The rest of the team is a real interesting mix and I think we have some kids who will pair up well in doubles. Pairing up a doubles team is tricky. We have to have a strong serve game but also someone who can handle themselves at the net.”

The Jackets also add two more freshmen and eighth-grader Gus Smith to the roster this season. “They have come in with a great attitude and want to get better,” said Watts. “They are not intimidated. They are not shying away from competition and that’s what you want out of freshmen. I’m sure there will be some bumps along the way, but they will continue to improve.”

The girls' team will be anchored by junior Addison Beck. Beck was the number one starter for the team last season and brings a wealth of experience. Freshman Claire Pinkston continues to shine in the preseason practices and looks to crack the lineup at singles. Senior Alyssa Feldner and sophomore Nicole Feldner also figure to be a large part of the team's success this season.

“Addison (Beck) is a terrific young player, who can play with anyone, and so we will count on her to be a leader for this team,” said Watts. “Pinkston and both the Feldner girls are going to be in the mix as well. Again, matching up the right doubles combo is tricky, but we'll get it worked out.”

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