Lady Leafs excited about possibility
It will be the start of a new chapter for the Geneseo girls’ tennis team.
Excitement surrounds the opening of the new tennis facility at Geneseo High School, and the Lady Leafs will have a lot of new faces stepping into varsity roles this season.
With the graduation of Jane Thomas and Madi Miller, Geneseo will be without its history-making duo who became the first doubles team to reach the second day of the IHSA State Tennis Tournament.
However, Geneseo has several players vying to fill those big shoes left behind.
Emma Dunker and Mary Thomas will start the season at No. 1 doubles.
Mary Thomas played No. 2 doubles for the Lady Leafs at the NIB 12 Conference tournament last season, and Dunker was No. 2 singles player for the Leafs as a freshman last season.
A sophomore, Dunker has the ability to play singles or doubles, and Geneseo tennis Coach Kevin Reed thinks finding the right mix will be an important part of the regular season.
“That’s the key putting people together and trying to figure out who fits with who,” Reed said.
Geneseo’s No. 2 doubles team of Ava Bieneman and Allison Miller have already started the season on a win streak earning the title at the United Township Invite.
With the graduation of top singles player Bryann Brophy, Alison Bowers will start the season as Geneseo No. 1 singles player, and Chloe Adams will play No. 2 singles for the Leafs.
A sophomore, Bowers played No. 1 singles with the frosh/soph team last season, but being a No. 1 varsity player is a different animal.
“(Bowers’) first match of the year was against a girl who went to state last year,” Reed said. “I didn’t tell her that, but it’s one of those differences going from No. 1 frosh/soph to No. 1 varsity.”
A senior, Kaitlyn Webster brings some varsity experience to the court and she will team up with junior Allison Craig.
“We are young and trying to learn how to play varsity tennis,” Reed said.
Lady Leafs' tennis roster
Coach: Kevin Reed. Assistant Coaches: Kelly VanKerrebroeck and Cody Mighell.
Lady Leafs’ tennis schedule
Aug. 25 Geneseo at United Township United Township 9 a.m.
Aug. 28 Ottawa at Geneseo Geneseo High School 4:30 p.m. Aug. 30 Geneseo at Kaneland Kaneland High School 4:30 p.m.
Aug. 30 Kaneland at Geneseo (JV Only) Geneseo High School 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 1 Ottawa Varsity Invite Ottawa High School 9 a.m.
Sept. 4 Rochelle at Geneseo Geneseo High School 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 5 Moline at Geneseo Geneseo High School 4 p.m.
Sept. 6 Geneseo at DeKalb DeKalb High School 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 Sterling at Geneseo Geneseo High School 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 12 Geneseo at Kewanee Kewanee High School 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 Geneseo at Yorkville(Varsity) Yorkville High School 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 Yorkville at Geneseo (JV Only) Geneseo High School 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 Princeton F/S Invite Princeton High School 8 a.m.
Sept. 15 Galesburg Invite Galesburg High School 8:30 a.m.
Sept. 17 Geneseo at Alleman Riverside Park, Moline 4 p.m.
Sept. 18 Geneseo at Sycamore Sycamore High School 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 Geneseo at LaSalle-Peru L-P Sports Complex 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 Ottawa Frosh/Soph Invite Ottawa High School 9 a.m. Sept. 25 Geneseo at Dixon Emma Hubbs Courts, Dixon 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 25 Morris at Geneseo Geneseo High School 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 Rock Island at Geneseo Geneseo High School 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 NIB 12 F/S Conference Sycamore High School TBA
Sept. 29 Rock Island Gold Invite Rock Island High School 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 1 Geneseo at Mendota Mendota High School 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 United Township at Geneseo Geneseo High School 4 p.m.
Oct. 5 NIB 12 Conference Meet (Rochelle Host) TBA TBA
Oct. 6 NIB 12 Conference Meet (Rochelle Host) TBA TBA