Season Outlook: Nevada Union tennis in rebuilding mode
With a new coach to lead the way, Nevada Union’s girls tennis team is looking to have a rebuilding year even with top players back in the lineup.
Last year, the Miners went 4-8 in the Sierra Foothill League, before sending four players on to the league’s singles tournament.
Two of those players ” Jaimie Miller and Madi Messer ” return for their sophomore go-rounds.
“We’re just building with all the freshmen and sophomores coming up,” said new coach Nick Bodley, owner of Ridge Racquet Club in Grass Valley.
Don’t get him wrong, he still expects the team to be competitive and for top players like Miller to shine.
“Jaimie is looking for a strong season,” he said. “She’s got her confidence up and she’s only a sophomore.”
As last year’s No. 2 singles player, she moves into the top spot this year which was vacated by her sister, Brittanie.
Freshman Logan Kidney is occupying the No. 2 singles spot for the Miners, while sophomore Calynn Stanford returns at the No. 3 spot and Madi Messer occupying the fourth. Haley Zucca, another returnee, will play in the fifth spot while Hayle Croft rounds out the singles team at No. 6.
The Miners will also have some youngsters playing on their three doubles teams. Freshman Erika Kidera and Sophia Melas team up as the No. 1 team, while Molly Feller and Nicole Hamilton are on the No. 2 team. Anna Daggett and Elizabeth Peterson make up the final team, with Lucia Gilisova and Heather Foote waiting in the wings.
“I kind of look at this year as a rebuilding year,” Bodley said. “I’ll certainly be happy if we take some matches but I’m looking to get 50-50.”
The Miners play in a tough SFL, which features two of the top teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section, including defending section champions and league champions Granite Bay. Granite Bay defeated Del Oro in the section championship 7-2 last season.
All indications point to those two teams remaining heavyweights.
“Granite Bay is usually the strongest,” Bodley said. “They won the league last year and Del Oro was right behind them.”
Team: Nevada Union tennis
Coach (1st): Nick Bodley
Last year : 4-8
Key losses: Brittanie Miller, Kayla Allen, April DeMartini, Brittany Blake and Dana Bowen
Returning letterwinners (5): Jaimie Miller, Calynn Stanford, Madi Messer, Hayley Zucca and Hayley Croft.
Newcomers: Logan Kidney, Erika Kidera, Molly Feller.
Coach says: “I kind of look at this year as a rebuilding year. I’ll certainly be happy if we take some matches but I’m looking to get 50-50.”
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