But when Medaris transferred to Maize, the Colts lost their name-brand talent. However, the program may have had a replacement waiting all along in sophomore Sarah Boes.
“If she can keep improving her consistency and consistently keep the ball in play, she will have a great shot.”
Boes will take the top spot in singles for the Colts, leading Campus’ state opportunities despite some inexperience. It barely stopped her a year ago, when she just missed a state shot in doubles.
Shelby Bettles will step into the other singles position to make a spirited run at state in her senior season. Brianna Hovey, Betsy Burke, Samantha Baylosis and Amanda Zavala have the inside track to round out the doubles roster.
Campus will be subjected to a quick learning curve in the lethal Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I.
“To be at the top of this league, you definitely have to have a dominating team or two with a solid cast around them,” Matzen said.
The Colts hit the courts for their season-opening tournament in Newton on Saturday. The league meet is set for Oct. 1 in Hutchinson, with the squad eyeing a trip to state at regional competition on Oct. 6.
“We don’t really give more emphasis to one meet, but I do feel that if any of our teams are going to have a shot at qualifying for state that they need to be at a certain level of play before league rolls around, and then improve on that going into regionals,” Matzen said.