BOONVILLE — Starmount women’s tennis coach Ryan Norman has more questions than answers regarding his young, athletic team.
“It’s really early to tell a lot about them,” Norman said last week. “I do know I have a lot of young players who seem really athletic. I have high hopes.”
Norman said he is expecting his returning players “to make some leaps and bounds in terms of their skill set.
“It’s all going to depend on how we work and what the girls themselves want to achieve.”
He said the attitude so far has been great and is building on a successful summer workout. “We got a lot done,” he said. “I think in terms of that, the girls are going to work hard.”
Norman said he won’t define his team’s success this year in terms of wins and losses or where they finish in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. “At the end of the season,” he said, “I’m looking at the players; looking at the team; and seeing some individual improvement.
“I’m not going to say we’ll finish second or third in the conference. I’m going to be looking at the individual improvement that takes place.
“I don’t know what to expect out of the other teams in the conference,” he continued. “Everybody lost a little bit last year.
“We’ll just have to see.”
Norman expects two seniors (Quinn Gillian and Ruby Martinez) and two juniors (Amber Hurst and Molly Nichols) to hold down four of the top six spots in the Starmount order.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-258-4052 or Twitter @elkinareasports.