The first two weeks of Fredericksburg High School’s tennis practices will be defined by one thing: finding new leadership.
FHS enters two-a-day practices, which start Tuesday, Aug. 8, looking to fill a leadership void left by last year’s seniors.
Identifying the players who will take charge early in the team tennis season is first on coach Randall King’s list with the first matches just two weeks away.
“Two years ago, we had that group of seniors that were leaders, that pulled us through to that state championship (in 2015). Last year, we had Hannah (Boubel) and Hannah was a leader,” King said.
“We kind of rebound this year and we start the year looking to see who’s going to step up,” he said. “We are fairly young. We do have a handful of seniors and I think those seniors, once they realize it’s their turn to take over, will pull things along. You’ll see that within the first two weeks of practices and our first few matches, just who’s going to step up.”
The time between the first morning practice and Fredericksburg’s first match against San Antonio O’Connor on Tuesday, Aug. 15, gives the Billies plenty of time to find players ready to step up.
One player King thinks is ready for the challenge is senior Broque Constantine, who played on FHS’ 2015 Class 4A team tennis championship-winning team and won a mixed doubles title with junior Claire Maxcey in the spring.
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