Graham begins first year as Lady Bulldogs' coach
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
A new era for Madison girls' tennis will begin this year. Robb Graham will be the new coach, replacing longtime coach Doug Sims.|
Graham inherits a very young team with four returning varsity letter-winners. Returning letter-winners are sophomores Simone Droge, Hannah Olson and Sydney Swenson along with freshman Ella Graham.
Other players who are returning to the court this fall for Graham include sophomore Allison Heim, freshmen Lacee Fedeler, Katie Bergheim and Izzy Howell, and eighth-graders Kenzie Dixon and Alyssa Jones.
New players who are coming out for tennis are freshman Heidi Fods, eighth-graders Emma Brandenburger and Morgan Johnson, and seventh-grader Morgan Wray.
Several Madison players participated in many tennis tournaments throughout the summer to get ready for the school season.
"These tournaments help them with their development," Graham said. "It gives them match experience, a chance to work on their skills, and an opportunity to play other girls. I recommend that they play in these tournaments."
He is hoping that the girls continue to learn the proper form and techniques, which will translate into better performance on the courts.
Practice for the Lady Bulldogs began on Monday morning and for the first week they will be having two-a-day practices.
According to Graham, the players were all over the board in experience on the first day.
"We have some players who have never played and some played a couple years ago. We have a good mix of talent," he said.
Graham will have to find a new No. 1 singles player to replace Hannah Lynch, who graduated.
"She had a lot of experience and was a great role model for the younger players," he said.
"We are very young, since our oldest girls are sophomores," he said. "Although we are about the same overall age, we have a lot less varsity experience than we did last year."
However, Graham believes the team is filled with really high quality players, very smart and very athletic.
Madison will open the season on Aug. 23-24 with a two-day invitational in Sioux Falls.
The first home match for the Lady Bulldogs will be on Aug. 27 against Milbank.
"I want to see improvement from the girls throughout the season with them getting better each week," he said.
Following is the girls' tennis schedule:
Aug. 23-24 at Sioux Falls Invitational, Aug. 27 Milbank, Sept. 5 at Huron (Huron and Brookings), Sept. 12 Aberbeen Roncalli, Sept. 13-14 at Brandon Invitational, Sept. 17 Vermillion and St. Thomas More, Sept. 23 Brandon Valley and Yankton, Sept. 24 at Mitchell, Sept. 30 Pipestone, Oct. 10-12 at State Tournament, Sioux Falls.
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