First-time coaches, Tigers learn together
The tennis season at Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta started with some new faces including coaches Heidi Greene and Britney Greenwaldt.
"I feel the season went really well," said Greene. "The girls worked hard during practice and played well during their matches.
"This was my first time coaching tennis so prior to the season the knowledge I had was from my years playing tennis. This year I learned how to coach tennis," explained Greene. "I learned about setting up practices, finding drills to work on specific skills, tennis strategies, and working with the girls trying to get them to perform at their highest level.
"The two other coaches, Britney Greenwaldt and Eric Buchanan, were very helpful and taught me a lot about the game this fall."
A highlight of the season was a win over West Central Area.
"We had already played them once during the season and lost," explained Greene. "That day we had lots of close matches and the score was tied 3-3. Shelbey Marthaler won at fourth singles in three sets to put us ahead 4-3."
The Tigers were led this year by four seniors, Darcey Aronson, Megan Wagner, Shelbey Marthaler, and Elizabeth Schneider.
Aronson played first singles this year.
"She did a nice job and had lots of close matches," said Greene. "Darcey took on a positive leadership role as one of our tennis captains."
Wagner played third singles this season.
"Megan had a great season and won eight matches this year," Greene said. "Megan was also a great tennis captain and leader."
Marthaler played fourth singles this year.
"Shelbey has such good work ethic and never gives up," Greene said. "Shelbey had many close matches this year and won seven of her matches."
Schneider played some second doubles and some third doubles this year.
"Elizabeth has such a positive attitude and is a great communicator with her partner," added Greene. "Whenever I was watching her matches I could always hear her working and strategizing with her partner."
Players with varsity experience returning next season include juniors Carly Gullickson, Kjersa Anderson, Abbie Olson, Kaitlin Vogel, and Emily Moser, as well as sophomore Kindra Cannon. Several freshmen will also fill in the open positions.
Abbie Olson received an Honorable Mention from the West Central Conference. Other tennis awards went to WCC Performers of the Week Megan Wagner and Shelbey Marthaler. Team awards were presented to Darcey Aronson - Most Valuable Player, Elizabeth Schneider - Most Improved, Megan Wagner - Tiger Award, and Emily Moser - Sportsmanship.