Green fits Parker tennis squad
The Vikings must replace six seniors from last year’s team, including five varsity players.
Although head coach Bill Peyer said there might be some growing pains for the Vikings, he likes the team’s attitude.
“I think we’re a little bit hungrier than we’ve been the last couple of seasons,” Peyer said. “We lost a lot of varsity experience, but I really think we’re going to be a lot more athletic.
“Our No. 1 goal is to improve in the (Big Eight) conference standings,” Peyer said of the Vikings’ seventh-place finish a year ago. “Realistically, I’d like to think we could move up two spots.”
The Vikings opened the conference season Tuesday by defeating Beloit Memorial, 7-0.
Parker’s No. 1 doubles team from a year ago will start the season playing No. 1 and No. 2 singles.
Hilary Presti takes over at No. 1 singles. The senior worked hard on her game over the summer, according to Peyer, and has improved all facets of her game.
“She went to a couple of camps and that has made a big difference in her game,” Peyer said. “We call her a backboard player because she seems to send every shot back over the net.
“She’s also one of our captains and a team leader.
Emily Sodemann, the other half of last year’s No. 1 doubles team, will play No. 2 singles. The sophomore has a strong baseline games and has improved her groundstrokes, according to Peyer.
“There’s a big change when you go from doubles to singles, but Emily seems to have made the adjustment,” Peyer said. “I expect her to have a good season for us.”
Sophomore Lauren Brooks, who played No. 1 for the junior varsity a year ago, is slated for No. 3 singles and junior Sarah Sodemann is at No. 4 after playing No. 2 singles on the varsity last year.
The Vikings will have a whole new look at doubles, starting with a freshmen duo playing No. 1. Maddie Theisen and Kristin Zeilinger don’t seemed to be intimidated by playing No. 1, according to Peyer.
“We put those two together at No. 1 doubles the first day of practice, and I believe they can pull it off,” Peyer said of the freshmen. “They’ve played a lot of tennis and are only going to get better as the season goes along.”
Sophomores Danielle Boyd and Kim Amundson will open the season at No. 2 doubles, and juniors Lauren Rucks and Becca Phetteplace are at No. 3 doubles.
“We’ve got some varsity experience in doubles with Kim (Amundson), and Phetteplace and Rucks were our No. 1 JV team last year, but we’re awfully young,” Peyer said. “As long as we keep working hard and improve day by day, than that’s is all I can ask for.”
Peyer labels Middleton as the conference favorite with a number of schools vying for the upper half.
(Home matches at Palmer Park)
AUGUST: 28—At Madison East, 4:15 p.m.; 30—At Craig Invitational (Palmer Park), 8 a.m.
SEPTEMBER: 2—Madison West, 4:15 p.m.; 4—At Verona, 4:15 p.m.; 9—Sun Prairie, 4:15 p.m.; 11—At Janesville Craig (Palmer Park), 4:15 p.m.; 13—At Elkhorn Quadrangular, 8 a.m.; 16—Madison La Follette, 4:15 p.m.; 18—At Madison Memorial, 4:15 p.m.; 20—Parker Invitational, 8 a.m.; 23—At Middleton, 4:15 p.m.