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TCHS girls’ tennis confident, young

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SPRING SPORTS PREVIEWS

By Dave Taylor

The Trimble County High School girls’ tennis team will try to build on the stellar example of Kasi Fogle, last year’s lone graduate from the team, as they work to improve on the 4-7 record compiled by the 2011 Lady Raiders.

Fogle was the 2011 North Central Kentucky Conference singles winner with a 16-2 season record as Trimble’s top singles player. Fogle had a loss at the regional and at the state tournament.

The Trimble alum has gone on to play for Indiana Purdue/Fort Wayne, a NCAA Division I school, and has played in a few matches as a freshman and done well, according to her mother, Trimble girls’ tennis Head Coach Vanita Fogle.

The elder Fogle has expressed enthusiasm over her team’s prospects for the 2012 tennis season.

“From our confidence and our ball placement strategies and really great footwork this year,we already have a great start with a tie with Gallatin and a win against Shelby County for the team,” Fogle said.

Junior Kalee Cook, Trimble’s No. 2 singles player in 2011 and the runnerup in NCKC honors ended last season with 4-8 record.

“Kalee has already proved she is ready to take on the No. 1 singles position with a 1-1 record starting off and playing 3 set matches against Gallatin and Shelby” Fogle said. “Kalee’s win over Shelby County was a great experience and a great win for her confidence level. I believe she is well on her way to a great season.”

Trimble’s lone senior on the 2012 is Sabrina Vest. Fogle believes Vest is going to be a positive player for the team in the No. 2 singles position this year and is off to a 1-1 record already.

“Sabrina has grown so much in tennis in just the two seasons” she has played for Trimble, Fogle said. “With a few more competitive matches she is going to be a steady player and a factor for the team wins this year.”

Returning players No. 1 doubles players, sophomores Micah Hess and Alex Lawhorn have been “a great doubles team together in the past” with a season record of 6-7 a year ago. “I look for them to be more aggressive and more competitive to the bigger schools in our region because they have a bigger confidence in themselves this year and their ball placement is 100 percent better this year,” Fogle said.

Other returning players include juniors Elisabeth Moore and Ciarra Harmon who are showing great improvement and confidence this year, Fogle said.  Junior Amber Abbett and sophomores Whitney Wingham and Kim Abbett will also complete this season.

Younger team members include sixth grader Diane Payton and seventh graders Ashley King, Cheyenne Crouch, Destini Potter and Cameron Poe, all of whom are going to be very promising for the Trimble County High School girls’ program in the years to come.

“All the girls’ confidence, competitiveness, and knowing the game well enough to work out a strategy on court is our biggest strength for this year,” Fogle said. “I look for the Trimble girls team to have a bigger winning season this year because they believe they can win.”