As seasons change once again, Lebanon High School prepares for its 2020 spring sports season in various ways. For this upcoming spring season, LHS Girls Tennis will be coached by Joe LePage.
The girls tennis team participates in pre-season training every Tuesday and Thursday. Head Coach LePage thinks it has been great to see so many willing participants in the weight room to start off the season.
“We want our players to be able to hit the ground at a high level when we are allowed to begin official practices. Strength, speed and endurance are vital to what we will need to be successful as a program,”said Coach LePage.
Coach LePage believes several players will stand out this season, both on the court and off.
Junior Jessica Lehmkuhler returns as the team’s #1 singles player and is expected to be one of the best leaders on the team.
“Lehmkuhler began her high school career as a standout player, but upperclassmen were established in leadership roles. Her voice is louder this year, and it is exciting to see her growing into that leadership role for our program,” said Coach LePage.
Additionally, after a year of the team not rising to the level of their standards and talent, it has been great to see others that have been inspired to improve as well in Coach LePage’s eyes. Sophomores Abby Thomas, Irene Ransom, Michelle Horvat and juniors Haley Pierce and Khushi Patel have all raised their drive for our program this year, and that means good things for the team going forward.
“Our goals continue to be: a winning season record and a conference championship. We have a challenging schedule, filled with great schools, quality tennis programs and a very competitive conference. That being said, we feel we have the quality players to compete with every school on our schedule, as long as we keep our level of focus high and limit distractions,”said Coach LePage.
Junior Khushi Patel is excited for this season as the team is starting to condition earlier. The team has a lot of underclassmen, but the preseason energy and momentum that Patel and her team share is great in her opinion.
“We only have one senior so as a junior it is important that we make sure our team stays connected and we are able to be role models for the rest of our teammates,” said Patel.
Junior Jessica Lehmkuhler has high hopes forthis season as she sees all of the freshmen the team will have this year work hard during the workouts. This attitude from the freshmen will help the team in being successful, according to Lehmkuhler. She plans to lead her team by example not only on the court, but in her life outside of tennis as well.
“My goal is to have a winning record at home and as well win conference individually and as a team. This year we have just one senior so I am going to have to do my part to step up and lead the team,” said Lehmkuhler.
The girls tennis team is still open to anyone interested in playing this year for the Lebanon Tigers.