Collegiate again heavy favorite in 4A girls tennis
As Collegiate girls tennis coach Dave Hawley worked to finalize his 2012 postseason lineup, he put three freshmen Morgan Bergen, Hannah Osland and Allie Lindwall through multiple pressure-packed tests.
I played those three kids in non-stop doubles, including against seniors, Hawley said. We played, we kept score, we kept records, all so I could figure it out.
Hawleys decision to pair Bergen and Osland as one of the Spartans doubles teams was based on those results. The duo won the Class 4A doubles title and helped the Spartans win the team title.
Bergen and Osland return, along with two-time defending singles champion Brooke Withrow, a senior.
Collegiate easily is the favorite to win the 4A title again, especially because junior Jaya Mantovani, who finished fourth in singles, is back. And so is Lindwall, that third freshman who was on the outside looking in.
I was disappointed, Lindwall said of 2012. I didnt let it get me down. There was a couple days where I was like, Oh, no, what am I going to do? But then I went right out and started practicing as much as I can and focused on next year and how I can make the team better next year.
The team title is the most important aspect for Hawley. Its always his focus during practices and when he decides on that postseason lineup.
So this season he opened up competition for all spots, except for Withrow at singles. Shes a dominant force, winning singles 6-0, 6-0 in 2012 and 6-2, 6-2 in 2011. Withrow is looking at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Boise State to play collegiately.
She is just, at least in this area, in a league of her own, Hawley said. Nobody really plays at that level. Its been really convenient, a coachs dream, to pencil her in.
She anticipates amazingly. She is almost never unprepared for the ball. When shes done hitting one, shes making the necessary adjustments to hit the next one. Ive seen her hit balls through her career where you think (an opponents return) thats a winner, but she tracks it down, gets it back in play with some pace on it, some angle on it, and gets it back in an offensive position.
Beyond Withrow, there is a depth of talent at Collegiate, which has won four straight team titles, the last two in 4A. Hawley keeps his top players on the same court so they can continue to push each other and he can better judge their abilities.
There was a time when he sent his top six players into the postseason, but now he finds who fits best where. While a certain player may be one of the most talented, if they arent the top two singles players or a good fit at doubles, he looks elsewhere.
His approach has increased the intensity of practice, giving every player a goal.
And that thrills Lindwall.
Its not decided at all, she said. Hes going to see how we all play out, who plays well with each other. Hes really going to have us play all positions and see how it goes. Hes going to start off with a clean slate.
Osland has no problem with Hawleys decision, either.
Ive never really come to a team and thought, Yeah, Im definitely the top six, Osland said. I never want to think like that.
But she would like to play with Bergen again.
I love playing with her, Osland said. I feel we do really good together.
Osland, Lindwall and Withrow each pushed aside talk about individual goals to emphasize the desire to win another team champonship.
And Withrow likes what shes seen so far.
This is a group of girls who love to work hard and love to improve, she said. They have very good attitudes and theyre so much fun to play with.
AREA GIRLS TENNIS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Andover: Grace Ball, fr.; Abby White, sr.; Dohee Lee, fr.; Grace Cusick, sr.; Abby Kaff, sr.; Kaitlyn White, jr.
Andover Central: Megan Wong, sr.
Arkansas City: Heidi Klaassen, sr.; Ally Burr, jr.; Makenna Gonzales, jr.
Campus: Amanda Zavala, so.,; Samantha Baylosis, sr.; Betsy Burke, sr.; Sarah Boes, jr.
Circle: Sydney Breault, sr.; Molly Jaax, jr.; Melissa Connel, sr.
Conway Springs: Heather Koester, sr.; Cece Robinson, jr.; JulieAnn Winter, jr.; Brittany Pauly, jr.
Derby: Morgan Hughes, sr.; Bailey Farris, so.; Kaitlyn Oline, sr.; Anna Watkins, sr.; Kourtney Richardson, jr.; Ashley Sherrow, fr.
Eisenhower: Miranda Terry, sr.; Riley Dohmeier, jr.; Carly Williams, so.; Mariah Jack, so.; Marina Stutzman, so.
El Dorado: Lauren Eustice, sr.; Maddie Armstrong, jr.; Tiffiny Nguyen, jr.; Abby Kunkel, so.
Goddard: Lexi Cole, jr.; Ashley Roskam, jr.; Kylie Wagner, sr.
Haven: Sam Stallbaumer, jr.; Mary Wagler, so.
Hesston: Katelyn Hageman, so.; Abi Decker, so.; Ashlynn Good, jr.; Erika Leinbach, jr.; Tessa Isaac, so.; Morgan Schrock, so.
Independent: Jessica Kieu, sr.; Cara Anderson, sr.; Codey Davis, sr.; Anna Riedmiller, fr.; Nicole St. Clair, so.; Renee McBride, sr.
Maize: Hannah Hills, sr.; Olivia Medaris, sr.; Tiffani Holman, so.; Olivia Baalman, sr.; Amanda Vo, sr.
Maize South: Gwyneth Schuler, jr.; Marcy Cuestas, sr.; Mariah Suchan, sr.; Taylor White, sr.; Addie Hermanson, sr.; Karli Kubik, sr.
McPherson: Katherine Geist, sr.; Camry Holle, jr.; Emily Ediger, jr.; Taylor Swartzendruber, sr.; Brooke Bate, sr.; Ellea Ediger, fr.; Rachel Ivers, fr.; Katlyn Reifsnider, jr.
Newton: Hannah Carlgren, sr.; Serena Wong, jr.
Smoky Valley: Annie Reinert, sr.; Hannah Morrical, jr.; Tiffani Peterson, sr.
Sterling: Ryce Stuckey, sr.; Maddie Thrasher, fr.; Mac Thrasher, so.
Trinity Academy: Amber Zimmerman, sr.; Megan Brewer, jr.; Savannah Elliott, so.; Taylor Hilton, sr.; Claire Harpool, jr.
Valley Center: Katie Bauguess, sr.; Jill Seidl, jr.; Julie Baker, sr.; Allie Emmitt, sr.; Ashliegh Kingsland, sr.
Wellington: Kelsey Whaley, sr.; Peyton Adams, jr.