The Green Wave were the Apollo Conference champions last season but lost two significant players in All-Apollo finishers Caroline Davis and Annalise Overmyer.
Boyer said he believes the next group can keep the program near the top of the conference.
Looking to take over those spots will include Lily Gregory and Avery Boyer, who claimed the Apollo Conference championship at No. 2 doubles last season. Both are likely going to be moving into a top spot in singles and doubles.
Gregory and Boyer were both active during the offseason.
Boyer participated in the summer rec program and took advantage of group lessons from her coach, while also attending a Nike tennis camp with a few of her teammates. As for Gregory, she was out at least two times a week with a variety of teammates and attended a four-day tennis camp at the University of Illinois over the summer.
“We lost Caroline Davis and Annalise Overmyer who were our No. 1 and No. 2 players, so this puts some pressure on our players to really have to step up and fill those roles,” said Boyer. “I believe that Lily Gregory and Avery Boyer will fill those two positions. We have two seniors in Lanie Butler and Regan Shumway that bring back some experience for us, and Avery Gill. We also have had several other girls work hard this summer and can make an impact for our varsity team.”
Five Green Wave players earned All-Apollo status last year. Boyer claimed an All-Apollo finish at No. 4 singles, while Butler was the champion at No. 5. Gill placed second at No. 6 singles. So Boyer likes his team’s chances of repeating.
“We have worked hard on early competition and strong work on doubles,” said Boyer. “I try hard to make our practices very competitive, which helps the girls deal with pressure. Our goal is always to win the Apollo and I believe we can do that again this year. Our goals include continued growth as a player, winning the Apollo, qualifying for state, and finishing the season in Chicago again.”