Collegiate has an illustrious history in 3a girl’s tennis, and they return a lot of talent, but they’re winning tradition may be in jeopardy this season.
Due to a dramatic increase in enrollment, it’s expected that Collegiate will have to move up to 4a, which will pair two state championship teams against each other.
“We’re returning state champions in 3a, and I feel very good about the talent we have on our team, even though there are some teams and players that are really good in 3a and 4a,” coach Dave Hawley said.
Collegiate returns five of its top six players from last year’s championship team. Despite losing three-time state championship Brooke Withrow, whom signed to play for the University of Oklahoma, Hawley believes his team’s work ethic will make up for the loss as new players continue to improve.
Key returners are junior doubles champions Hannah Osaland and Allie Lindwall, the fourth place doubles team of Kara Maloney and Emily Ramsey and seventh place finisher in singles Jaya Mantovani.
Hawley said this summer a lot of his players has played a great deal and dedicated their summer to making significant improvements to their craft.
“The girls have been practicing extremely hard. I believe they are prepared to take the next step up,” Hawley said. “McPherson is in 4a, and they bring back all their core talent, but so do we. It’ll be an interesting matchup, if that were to happen.”
Returning doubles champions Osland and Lindwall are confident in their team and are prepared to matchup against McPherson doubles state championship team of Camry Halle and Emily Ediger when the time comes.
“We still have a really deep team. We only lost one player, and we’ve added another player who is really good,” Osland said. “We’ll do well, because we work hard. Our team has grown with last years’ experience.
“There is an obvious legacy here at Collegiate and we’re working to add to that legacy ”