Gering girls working on tennis fundamentals
     2015-03-26      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Members of the Gering girls’ tennis team include, from left, back: Tegan Rahmig, Annastacia Cowen, Kaitlyn Waggoner, Carolyn Howton, Sheridan Blanco and Samantha Gutherless. Front: Delaney Dean, Messina Maley, Marley Garcia, Annessa Escamilla, Arianna Guel and Paige Peterson. Not pictured are Nicolette Cook, Zoee Knaub, Abby Lenhart, Chayna Madlonado and Makayla Talavad. 
Coming off a 7-4 dual record last year, the 2015 Gering girls’ tennis team looks for improvement after losing a number of starters to graduation.

“We have a large number of freshmen out this year,” said Coach Justin Reinmuth. “I want to give them an understanding of the game and helping them expand their skills so they can take over varsity positions next year.”

Areas that need improvement are player’s ground strokes and the competitive attitude. “We need to be able to dig deep and start winning some of those easy points we gave up last year,” Reinmuth said. “We want to head down to the state tournament and hopefully win a couple of matches. Last year, all four of our matches at state were in and out.”

Gering now has a ball machine, so it will be easier for the team to get more repetitions, which means more court time to work toward better tennis.

Some of the big tournaments this year include Invites at Scottsbluff, McCook and Lexington. “We see a lot of teams we don’t usually play at this end of the state,” he said. “Our triangular with Scottsbluff and Alliance are pretty much the same every year. We just keep working toward playing better tennis.”

Playing the Western Conference, Class B schools, Gering has 17 players on this year’s squad. Returners include Samantha Gutherless, who played No. 1 doubles last year, and Carolyn Howton, who was on last year’s No. 2 doubles team.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how Annessa Escamilla does this year,” Reinmuth said. “She played in some of the varsity matches last year as a freshman. She’ll probably play with Samantha on the No. 1 doubles team this year.”

Kaitlyn Wagoner, who played No. 2 singles last year, is another returner who Reinmuth said “improves every year.”
“We lost a lot of girls to graduation last year, so a lot of the team is made up of freshmen,” he said. “Sheridan Blanco is one of the new kids who can really play the game. She’s someone to watch out for. And Paige Peterson is also showing some promise.”

Reinmuth is in his third year of coaching the girls’ tennis team. Katie Collins, his No. 1 singles player from last year, is attending college locally and will assist with the team.

“I like the team dynamic so far,” he said. “The kids all get along well and play well together. “We’ve been a serve and forehand team, so we’re working double time on the backhand strokes.”

Gering Girls Tennis Schedule

Tuesday, March 31 Home JV Triangular vs. Scottsbluff and Alliance – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 7 JV,V Triangular at Scottsbluff with Alliance – 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 11 JV Invitational at Ogallala – 10 a.m.
Monday, April 13 at Kearney 1:30 p.m., Kearney Catholic – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14 at Lexington Invitational – 10 a.m.
Tuesday, April 21 Varsity Triangular at Alliance with Scottsbluff – 2 p.m.
Friday, April 24 Home vs. McCook – 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 25 at Scottsbluff Invitational – 9 a.m.
Tuesday, April 28 JV Triangular at Scottsbluff with Alliance – 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 2 at McCook Invitational – 10 a.m.
Saturday, May 16 Triangular at Ogallala with Alliance – 10 a.m.
Thursday – Friday, May 21 – 22 State Tournament at Lincoln – TBA





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