Wolverines look to ride senior leadership
It’s amazing how far her seniors have come in four years, said Jessica Putz, head coach of the Truckee High girls tennis team.
“They’ve grown a lot since their freshmen years. A lot of them don’t even need coaching,” said Putz, referring to her three captains ” Allie Beyer, Shanley Porter and Haley Busby ” as well as the four other seniors on the squad.
The maturity from the upperclassmen is especially beneficial with such a large number of freshmen, the coach said.
“We have a ton of freshmen this year,” said Putz. To be exact, eight freshmen are out for the team, joining four sophomores, four juniors and seven seniors for a total of 23 girls. And they’re all working hard, Putz said.
“Everything so far is really great. The girls have quite a positive attitude this year,” the coach said. “They’re excited to be out here, which is nice to see.”
With a large team comes competition, as eight girls are vying for the three main singles positions. In the past, Putz said, most players wanted to play doubles.
While the Wolverines have a surplus of singles players, they return their top doubles team of Beyer and fellow senior Coree Sharp. They also return a strong doubles team of Porter and Busby.
“I think we’re doing really good this year,” Beyer said. “There are a lot of newcomers this year, but as a whole we’re doing really well. We have a lot of girls who’ve played all four years.” Beyer said she hopes to earn a shot at regionals, held from Oct. 16-18, and play past the first round.
All three of the captains understand their role as team leaders, which includes taking the first-year players under their wing.
“We do need to be more of role models, because they do look up to us for advice,” Porter said.
Added Busby: “We provide encouragement for them. We help if they have questions about the rules during games. But most have played before, just not in a real match.”
After the 4A realignment this past summer, Putz said the Wolverines’ toughest competition will be Reno, whereas Galena was always the top team to beat in years past. The coach is as confident this year’s group has the ability to exceed the Wolverines’ past success.
“We’re already looking much better than last year’s team,” she said. “I think we’re going to be competitive.”
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