Perry County News
Coach Nick Weyer, 14th season; Anjan Kashyab, assistant.
With a hiatus due to COVID last year none of the underclassmen on the squad have had a chance to see varsity time.
“It’s going to be different,” Weyer said. “We basically have two classes of students that haven’t really played high school tennis so that’s going to be an adjustment. Especially with six freshmen.”
The team had a down year two years ago but has shown signs of turning it around this preseason.
“It’s been going really well, they’ve been encouraging each other,” Weyer said. “We have a lot of young players, practices have been going great.”
Weyer said the doubles and No. 1 and No. 2 singles spots are up for grabs after they just started going through team challenges.
The returners expected to lead the pack are junior Ankita Kashyab, senior Maddie Rogers, senior Grace Gehlhausen, junior Mary Hollinden and junior Allison Whitworth.
With no other active Perry County teams, rivalries have yet to emerge. The team opens the season on April 9 against Pocket Athletic Conference-foe Princeton.
“The beginning of the school year was up and down, you are missing a week,” Weyer said. “The students are absent. It’s kind of like, ‘I don’t want that to happen to the season.’ Once we got practice started it’s been great. We’ve been out here every day and the weather has been fantastic. They’ve been working really hard and their attitudes have been great.”