With three wins so far this young season, the Bryan County High School tennis program is on the upswing under second-year coach Inga Cashon.
The boys’ and girls’ swept New Hampstead to open the season, then the girls’ blanked Toombs County on Thursday to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Call it part of the plan.
“As a second-year coach, I hope to see improvement and look forward to new possibilities,” Cashon said. “I have a new assistant coach, Mrs. Laura Blair, and we are trying a new organizational structure at practice with additional conditioning techniques we have both added.”
Practice is important in any sport, and Cashon said this year’s team is buying into the idea of working to get better.
“I have noticed this year that practices have been a whole new dynamic with students who are willing to learn and take our advice and who just generally have a love for the sport of tennis and want to improve their game,” she said.
The girls’ team is led by Vivian Moultrie, who plays No. 1 singles. Keyvona Moultrie is the No. 2 singles player while Opal Warren is No. 23. Alexis Sapp and McKenzie Bunton are alternates in singles play.
On the doubles side, Air Force Academy-bound Melissa Campbell is teamed with Alana Walker in the No. 1 spot while Cassidy Williams and Laine Christian play at No. 2. Candace Brown and Lindsey Ellerman are alternates.
The boys’ also started the season with a win, but fell 1-5 to Toombs on Thursday. Jay Patel is No. 1 singles, Channon Mingledorf is No. 2 singles and Jordan Crosby is the No. 2 singles player. No. 1 doubles is Hunter Hagen and Cody Natvik, while Cody Croft and Noah Twiggs are the No. 2 doubles combo.
Cashon said she expects both teams to continue to improve.
“I’m excited to see what the future holds,” she said.