Preview: Tennis team hopes to build off last year’s state run

The Dexter girls’ tennis team went 5-4 in dual-meets and finished second in the competitive SEC White Division last year before making an impressive run in the state playoffs. The Dreadnaughts, who finished 11th at the Division 2 state finals a year ago, hope to keep the momentum going in 2017.

“We have an opportunity to build off of last year’s success,” said Dexter Coach Rob Smothers now in his sixth year as head coach. “We will be playing in a new regional this year, so I don’t know exactly what to expect as far as results. However, I believe that last year’s run to the state finals has inspired the returning players.”

Smothers has liked what he’s seen so far in early season workouts.

“The girls are working very hard to make it to Holland this year,” he said. “I am also hoping we will continue to improve our results against Chelsea in the SEC. They have really dominated us the past few years, but last year we showed some life taking a couple courts. Hopefully we can build on that and make the battle for the SEC competitive this year.”

Top returning players include junior Erin Evans (No. 1 singles) and senior Rylee Kim (2 singles).

Top new players include sophomore Maggie Tucker and senior Rika Schultze-Seeman.

Dexter opens the season April 11 at Farmington. The home opener is April 12 against Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard.

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