High School Sports

Expectations high for Bishop Carroll tennis

Bishop Carroll figures to maintain its solid tennis team this fall.

"We've got five varsity players returning," coach Monica Peter said. "We're coming off our best overall finish at state last year, so I'm excited to see what we're capable of."

Key contributors for Carroll will be returning state doubles medalists Courtney Lubbers and Maddie Oxler.

"We're working on finding the best spots for them this year," Peter said. "What's great is knowing wherever the girls play, it won't add any harm to our team chemistry."

The depth on the Eagles' roster has led to complications as to where everyone will be placed, but it's a nice problem to have.

"You just have to make your best guess and go with it," Peter said. "This is one of our more talented rosters that we've had and it'll be important we find the best spots for everyone."

Oxler has enjoyed being a part of the group and is excited to see what they are capable of this year.

"We have a lot of talent all across our roster," Oxler said. "Putting it together in practices has been great and I can't wait to get the season started."

Teammates build friendships, but Oxler and Lubbers have a different connection as cousins.

"We've spent a lot of time playing together and we're ready to go where ever we can best help the team," Oxford said.

Carroll took third in Class 5A last year and they are expecting to reach a new level this year.

"Each one of the girls has done something to get better," Peter said. "Whether it be weight training, drills or playing together in the summer, they came back better players this year."

A lot of expectations have been set but it's a challenge that Peter said her team is ready for.

"Any tournament we go to, I believe we're going to be pushing for a title," Peter said. "Our girls have taken the challenge and I'm excited to see what happens for us as a team."

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