High School Sports

PREP GIRLS’ TENNIS PREVIEW: Lynden Lions

Coach: Trey Ballard

Last year: Finished tied for eighth in the Northwest Conference with a 1-7 record and finished 3-13 overall.

Players to watch: Bridget Johnson (sr.); Emily Brown (sr.); Alex Schulhouser (sr.); Kelsey Hewson (sr.); Kellie Fiebig (sr. ); Morgan Braithwaite (sr.)

Outlook: Lynden coach Trey Ballard came up with a short, clever rhyme when describing his 2015 Lions, saying, “We are young in tennis ability, not in tennis eligibility.” Lynden is an experienced group with most of its top varsity players being seniors, but that doesn’t mean Ballard has a team full of girls with a lifetime of tennis experience. If anything, though, Lynden should receive strong leadership from seniors Bridget Johnson, Emily Brown, Alex Schulhouser, Kelsey Hewson, Kellie Fiebig and Morgan Braithwaite. Lynden, which is composed of both Lynden and Lynden Christian players and even one Nooksack Valley player, is a little behind, as players from the state girls’ basketball teams are still working on getting enough practices in to become eligible. “Every time we go out, we get a little more calm on the court,” Ballard said in a phone interview. “We need to get that experience, because that lack of experience shows in close matches.” With former No. 1 singles player Kira Kollmyer not playing due to injury, Johnson is expected to take over the top spot. Fiebig and Braithwaite should make a strong doubles pairing, and the same goes for Alex Schulhouser and Kelsey Hewson.

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