Here's a look at this year's Jefferson girls' tennis team:
•Coach: Kimberly Boswell
•Key players: Sydney Tyler (Sr.), Sarah Moore (Sr.), Gracie Beem (Sr.) and Julia Main (Sr.)
•Strengths: Coach Kimberly Boswell said her team has grown up playing tennis together, with the junior and seniors having been teammates for the last five or six years. “There is a pride among this team, a sense of loyalty and support to one another,” Boswell said. “They have an unbreakable bond on and off the courts, and they share a common goal to succeed again this season.”
•Weaknesses: Jefferson lost some key starters off last year’s Region 8-AAA championship team with younger talent having to step into those roles. “Other teams in our region are on the hunt for the region title, so they'll be coming to the matches ready for a showdown,” Boswell said. “Most of their players will have experience, and a score to settle.”
•Region outlook: Boswell said Morgan County and Franklin County are the teams to keep an eye on in the region as the Dragons try to defend their title. “They are consistently strong, year after year,” the coach said.
•Season outlook: Boswell remains optimistic that her team can pick up where it left off, despite the loss of some starters from last season. “Our top two players, Sydney (Tyler) and Sarah (Moore), will probably face the steepest competition. But, they've also been practicing all year, and they are just as hungry for a repeat title. They play an offensive game, and they're driven not to lose.”