Last season the Mexico varsity girls tennis team had a coming out party like no other and put the rest of the area on notice that this was not a program to be taken lightly, and the way this squad delivered that message was by making gestures like winning the Osage Tournament and placing second at districts.
The Lady Bulldogs also finished second in the North Central Missouri Conference with a record of 9-5 overall, 4-3 NCMC, and came in third at the Mexico JV Tournament. This season that task won't be so easy to repeat considering the team lost six players to graduation. This includes Sophie McKeown at No. 2 Singles, Julie Rothermich at No. 3 Singles and Rebecca Kristofferson at No. 6 Singles.
"We have several second year players that will be moving up to varsity to replace those seniors. Lexi Winterbower has made the largest jump from No. 12 to No. 5, so she will be playing singles this year," said coach Kim Costley. "Makayla Cash has also moved up into the other open singles position at No. 6. Right now Catie Prater is recovery from an injury and we look forward to her return as she has been a consistent varsity contributor the last couple of years."
Currently Costley and her staff are working with 15 returning athletes and 17 total. Considering it takes 12 to field a starting varsity lineup, the squad has more than enough athletes to not only do that, but run several exhibition flights when the other team has enough players to do the same, as well.
"We have a strong core back with returning No. 1 and state qualifier Grace Wortmann, along with Elayna Samm, Hannah Rogers, and Jennifer Jacobi," Costley said. "The key to our success will be determining our strongest doubles line-up."
MEXICO HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS SCHEDULE 2018
DATE OPPONENT TIME
8-24 vs Marshall 4:30 p.m.
8-28 vs Boonville 4:00 p.m.
8-30 at Father Tolton 4:30 p.m.
9-4 vs Mexico 4:30 p.m.
9-6 at Kirksville 4:00 p.m.
9-11 at Palmyra 4:00 p.m.
9-12 at Battle 5:00 p.m.
9-13 at Moberly 4:30 p.m.
9-15 at School of the Osage 9:00 a.m.
9-17 vs Fulton 4:30 p.m.
9-24 vs Palmyra 4:00 p.m.
9-25 vs Battle 5:00 p.m.
9-26 NCMC at Marshall 9:00 a.m.
9-27 at School of the Osage 4:30 p.m.
9-28 Mexico JV Tournament 9:00 a.m.
10-1 to 10-8 Team Districts 4:00 p.m.
10-6 Individual Districts 9:00 a.m.
10-9 Individual Sectionals 4:00 p.m.