• Izzy Kinard gets ready for her first action on the court in the 2019 season. Kinard, who went undefeated during the regular season last year, and the Lady Indians are focused on returning to the State Playoffs this season.

-Lady Indians tennis wipes out West Hall to start season

With all of the success the LCHS tennis teams enjoyed last season, LCHS head tennis coach Alan Hogan was confident that his players will be able to maintain the same level of success during the 2019 season when his team stepped onto the courts at the LCHS tennis complex to square off with West Hall in the team’s season opener on Thursday, Jan. 31.

“All of us, players and coaches, expect to have a competitive team,” said Hogan. “This is in part due to our previous results, but it also comes from the good work we have been doing to prepare.”

The Lady Indians lived up to the expectations that Hogan and team set for the 2019 season by completing a clean sweep of West Hall’s lineup during the season opener.

Senior Izzy Kinard, who finished the 2018 regular season undefeated, got her season off to a solid start in the number one singles match when she defeated her opponent in straight sets 6-0, 6-2.

Junior Marisa Miller grinded out a straight set victory over her West Hall opponent 7-5, 6-4 in the number two singles match.

Senior Lindsey Rushton cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 straight set victory in the number three singles match.

The number one doubles team of Lauren Welch and Julie Averett worked together to down their West Hall opponents in straight sets 6-1, 6-0.

Finally, the number two singles duo of Brooke Waters and Libby Womack refused to allow their West Hall opponents get the better of them and played their way to a 6-0, 6-0 straight set win to help the Lady Indians complete the clean sweep of West Hall and take the match by a final score of 5-0.

Hogan was pleased with the season-opening performance by the Lady Indians.

“Naturally, we don’t want to be overconfident, but the girls are focused and approach each day with enthusiasm and the will to improve,” Hogan said.

The Indians, who didn’t have their full lineup available for the match, didn’t fare as well in the season opener.

“We do not have all of the boys team with us at this point, with four of them still in winter sports,” Hogan said. “But, I feel that they will be competitive.”

Hogan’s optimism about how his players will perform this season is high even though the team has a much tougher schedule than it had last season.

“We will have a more challenging schedule this year,” Hogan said. “The players realize that their goal is to work hard and improve.”

Hogan believes that his senior players are prepared to tackle the competitiveness of the 2019 season. In addition, Hogan believes that the seniors have already displayed their leadership through their work ethics.

“All of our seniors are on board with our goals,” Hogan said. “Their attitudes have been excellent and they are true leaders in our program.”

At press time, the LCHS tennis teams were set to host Stephens County at the LCHS tennis complex on Tuesday, Feb. 5. No official results were available.

The Indians and Lady Indians will be back in action when they host North Forsyth at the LCHS tennis complex Thursdayw, Feb. 7. Matches are set to start at 4 p.m.

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