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GIRLS TENNIS PREVIEW: Mounties return experience and are hungry for success

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Southmont was primed to compete for county, conference, and sectional championships in 2020. 

But the pandemic hit and the season was lost. Luckily the Mounties, who took North Montgomery to the wire in the sectional final in 2019, return four players with varsity experience this season.

Seniors Mallory and Madison Murphy, and Megan Scheidler return alongside junior Bailey Barker. 

The end goal remains the same as it would be in years’ past. 

“Our goal is always to win Sectional,” Southmont coach Rob Reimondo said. “We were in position to attain that goal last year and it was taken from us. Anything less this year would be a disappointment.”

Reimondo believes senior Cassidy Bowlin, juniors Dori Frederick and Chaney Scott, and freshmen Hanna Long and Marley Jones will compete to round out the varsity lineup. 

“Our strength is that we have a solid roster from top to bottom at the varsity level, but I’ll be looking for one girl to pull away from the pack and be our clear No. 1,” Reimondo said.

Even with returning experience, Reimondo says the biggest obstacle is the prolonged time away from competition.

“From a player point of view the biggest obstacle is heading into the season without having played a match in two years,” he said. “Hitting around with friends or even at practice isn’t the same. Playing your best against a scrappy competitor who also wants to win is very different.” 

Southmont opens the season on Wednesday, March 7 at McCutcheon.

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