|Gering tennis coach expects strong second season|
|March 20, 2014 Jerry Purvis|
Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Members of the Gering girls’ tennis team include, front row from the left, Lily Garcia, Katie Collins, Allie Wilson, Alyssa Dye and Annessa Escamilla; back row, Tegan Rahmig, Zoee Knaub, Carolyn Howton, Kaitlyn Wagoner, Savannah Walker and Marlee Lupher. Not pictured are Samantha Gutherless, Annastacia Cowan and Makayla Talavat.
The Gering girls’ tennis team posted a respectable record of 6-5 in 2013 for the team’s first year as a varsity sport. And the coach is optimistic for an even better sophomore season.
“We have a very strong returning varsity squad,” said Coach Justin Reinmuth. “Just about everyone who played last year is returning and we have a lot of seniors coming in.”
Returning seniors include Savannah Walker, Marlee Lupher, Katie Collins and Samantha Gutherless.
He said many of the teams the Lady Bulldogs played last year were heavy with seniors who had extensive playing experience. And the teams they beat had a lot of younger players.
“I’m feeling good about this year, especially against teams like McCook,” he said. “They had a lot of great players last year and smashed about everybody they played.”
Reinmuth said he’s impressed by the power a number of his players are showing. And the team has added a new player from Colorado in Carolyn Howton.
“Carolyn’s definitely going to be part of our varsity squad,” he said. “I just don’t know where everybody is going to fit in just yet. But people won’t see the same look we had last year.”
The #1 doubles team is looking strong in early practice. Last year, they were the only squad members to win a game at state.
The Bulldogs will also be facing some new competition, including Sterling, Colo. and Ogallala. Some of the familiar teams include Scottsbluff and Alliance. The team will also be out of town a lot with matches at McCook, Lexington, and Kearney and Kearney Catholic.
“We have a lot of different looks we’re going to come out with,” Reinmuth said. “Our singles are looking really strong. I’m looking forward to the season and I think we’re really going to do some damage out there. I’d like to see all the seniors make it to state before they graduate. They never forget going to state.”