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INA, Ill. (Sept. 6, 2013) – The Lady Warrior tennis team is already off to a great start this season with four wins under their belt. With five new freshman players, this Rend Lake College team is wasting no time beating the competition with a 4-0 record.
Head Coach Dave Junkins said that his team is much better as far as depth of the players compared to last year.
“We’re already off to a better start,” said Junkins. “I have six players who are state qualifiers, so they’re used to playing at the next level. I’m able to switch up my line-up any way I need to. This is the deepest team I’ve ever had and we’re going to be real solid this year.”
Returning to the team this year is Ally Adcock of Texico and Alyssa Burge of Mt. Vernon. Last year, Adcock was named to the NJCAA DI All-Region XXIV Team for her skills.
The team also has five freshman players: Paige Hutchcraft of Whittington, Evelyn Mendez of West City, Jessica Renshaw of Herrin, Marisa Uhls of Mt. Vernon and Katie Wall of Mt. Vernon.
Junkins said that he expects a lot from his young team, both in games and scrimmages.
“I’m really fortunate this year that I have three doubles teams who have played together,” he said. “They competed against each other in high school, and they all get along and are very positive as a team. The competition among them is real tough. We’ve played this fall against other schools, but when we play each other in challenges, the competition is a lot tougher.”
As for the spring season, Junkins said that he hopes to play some tough teams to help the girls get to Nationals.
“My major goal is to go to Nationals,” he said. “In our conference, all of the schools can go, but I think we should have to win to go. The spring schedule will include competitions against some tougher teams, but these contests are aimed at strengthening the team.”
The next game for the Lady Warriors is set for Sept. 10 against Kaskaskia College in Mt. Vernon. They will then play in the Benton Tournament on Sept. 14-15 and wrap-up the fall season with a game on Sept. 21 against McKendree University in Lebanon.
For all things athletic at The Lake, visit RLC online at www.rlc.edu/warriors.