Tyler Brown, coach of last season’s 4a state champion McPherson initial goal was for his team to repeat as champions, but when he heard of possible implications suggesting that 3a state champions Collegiate would be moving up to 4a, he is now thinking top two as a realistic goal.
Currently nothing is finalized, but Brown knows his team has their work cut out for them, despite returning four all-state players.
“Our expectations are high, we’re returning our doubles state champions, and two all-state performers in singles in Ellea Ediger and Katlyn Reifschneider, whom placed second and sixth,” Brown said. “But we don’t know what’s going to happen with Collegiate, nothing is set in stone at this point.”
Regardless of what happens with Collegiate, Brown is confident in his team and the depth they have. Brown said his main concern is filling the 5 and 6 positions on his team, but the problem he has is one all coaches would he love to have.
“We have girls in our top 12 that I believe are skilled enough to make a lot of other school’s varsity, so I think we won’t have any issues filling those positions.”
McPherson will look to returning doubles state champions Camry Halle and Emily Ediger for senior leadership.
“I would love to see our team repeat as champions, but we have to stay focused mentally,” Halle said. “It was fun winning a state championship a team and in double with Emily. If we continue to work harder we will be ready for all challengers, including collegiate.”
Ediger agreed with her doubles partner when asked if she believed her team has what it takes to make another run at the state title. “I know we can match what we did last year, despite having to incorporate some younger players into the rotation. If they need help we’ll bring them along. We’re all in this together.”
Until something is finalized with Collegiate, McPherson remains to be favorites to repeat in 4a.