Demons return two from WAC title
By John Zetmeir
The Dodge City High School girls tennis team has just a few players with varsity experience returning from last year’s Western Athletic Conference championship squad. What the Red Demons are players who were a part of the program.
“We were very dominant at the (junior varsity) level last year so we have a lot of talented ladies returning but we only have two with varsity experience,” head coach David Snodgrass said. “So it’s a matter of finding out if those ladies that were successful at JV can consistently play at the varsity level.”
The two returners from last year’s team are senior Hannah Sowers and junior Leah Stein. Both players qualified for state last season. Sowers was a part of the Red Demons No. 1 doubles team while Stein played No. 1 singles for the Red Demons.
“Since Hannah and I played varsity last year, we know how things go and I think we can also help the other girls adjust,” Stein said. “Since a lot of the girls have been playing on JV so much, they are ready to step up and come to varsity.”
Dodge City has 28 girls on the team this fall with nearly half of the roster made up of seniors. There are 13 seniors and nine juniors that help make up the roster.
Along with the two returning players with varsity experience, Snodgrass is looking for senior Daniela Villareal to make a big impact for the Red Demons this fall. Villareal is a foreign-exchange student from Colombia.
“(Villareal and Stein) have an opportunity to possibly be the two best players in the WAC,” Snodgrass said. “That’s where we’re going to have to see who is going to come out and be that No. 1 singles player.”
Snodgrass said that he will likely not cement a lineup for the team until after the first few meets. The Red Demons will begin their season on Sept. 6 when they travel to Great Bend.