The Salina Central girls tennis team returns a state champion this season.
Senior MacKenzie Morris was one-half of last year’s Class 5A doubles state champion team with Gabrielle Briggs.
Coach Mike Goll brings back plenty of other experienced players for his eighth season. Juniors Morgan Hauserman and Meg Johnson, along with sophomores Sydney Kossow and Jera Richardson are back as well.
“We have a very skilled group of young ladies,” Goll said. “We only have one senior, but our underclassmen have gotten a lot of experience under their belts. They were given many opportunities to perform last season, under very competitive situations. I think they really grew as players, and they really put in the time in the offseason.”
Goll is looking for improvement in singles play this year.
“Sydney Kossow is leading the charge of underclassmen singles players,” Goll said. “The group will only improve as the season goes on. We have always excelled in doubles play.”
Goll is looking for contributions from junior Megan Johnson, sophomores Makenzi Carlgren and Ashley Sankey, and freshman Brittany Blackim.
In a program rich in tradition, the goals are set high.
“We always believe we can finish in the top five of state each year,” Goll said. “We have accomplished that every year, until last season. We should be hungry to answer the challenge to return to the top five in the very competitive 5A class of Kansas High Schools this year.