GOODLAND, KS — After struggling to really fill out a roster and compete for the previous couple of years the Goodland Cowgirl tennis program has the feeling of being on the rise here in 2022.
“It’s pretty exciting. I went from having five girls from last year to 14 and they are very enthusiastic about coming out and trying something new, it’s been really great.” GHS head coach Ali Hollern said.
Fourteen is a record number of girls out for Goodland girls tennis and coach Hollern says practice has been a bit of a challenge with court space & getting around to each lady to coach them up so far.
Last year was definitely a learning curve type of year where a lot of the girls were just trying to find a level of comfort on the court and understanding of the sport itself. But this year feels a bit different due to the fact that they are experienced girls returning but also that they started working on stuff in the summertime.
Junior’s Jacelyn Horinek & Sophia Garza are two pieces that return from a year ago and the doubles team is excited to see how much better they will be with at least a year of experience under their belts.
“I’ve made a lot of progress from last year and I’m pretty excited to see how the season goes,” said Horinek.
The next step for the program is to try and find success on the court and that can be tough with a bunch of girls who are really just playing the sport for only a couple of years.
“I need to help them work through each match and kind of find their moment to capitalize and figure out their strengths so that they can use it to their benefit. I think each one of them is capable of getting a win this season it’s just going to be are they patient enough to find that moment,” Hollern said.
Goodland varsity players will begin their season at Hays on September 1st.
Head Coach Ali Hollern
Junior's Jacelyn Horinek & Sophia Garza
PHOTO CREDIT: Jackie Elliott