The State College girls’ tennis team was solid from end to end last fall — until its final match.
The Lady Little Lions dropped only one match through the regular season, and finished second in the Mid Penn Conference’s Commonwealth Division.
However, a loss to Hollidaysburg in the District 6 Class AAA team finals spoiled the season, and the team is looking to replace that feeling this season.
Coach Jane Borden pointed to a nearly two-week layoff between the Lady Little Lions’ last match and the contest against the Lady Tigers, which may have taken away a little bit of the sharpness for State College.
The team saw four key contributors graduate, but five letterwinners do return and several other young women have moved into spots to help the team.
They Lady Little Lions opened the season with a 5-0 romp against Susquehanna Township in which singles players Yvonne Peters-Washington, Lilijana Peters-Semak and Cathy Badding along with the doubles teams of Juliette Greer-Callan Glover and Elizabeth Easterling-Cassie Walter all won by 6-0, 6-0 scores.
“We have a talented team and an awesome group of girls this year but several are not used to the high school tennis season grind. It’s different from most anything these players usually do. It should be fun and exciting to watch. Helping them learn to adapt, make adjustments, and manage academics all at the same time will be a wonderful experience for all involved. (Assistant coach) Jackie (Gibbins) and I are excited and looking forward to a wonderful season.”