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Optimism running high with Waterloo tennis

By on August 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm
Elizabeth Garner | Waterloo High School Tennis

Pictured is Waterloo tennis senior Elizabeth Garner.

Optimism is running high on the Waterloo High School tennis courts this season. First-year coach Brett Ivers is returning 15 players from last year’s squad.

Waterloo has also picked up one freshman.

The Bulldogs are returning three seniors who have proven varsity experience.

Ivers said his team will have good depth, which can be a blessing and a curse.

Waterloo will enter the season with no set lineup.

He says his bunch has had a couple inner squad practice matches.

Each time the score has came back about tied.

Ivers said the slotting of his singles matches could change on a daily basis.

“Somebody who is struggling match toughness may play a little lower slot because it’s better for them and the team,” Ivers said.

Waterloo will be comprised of three seniors in Samantha Ellis, Elizabeth Garner and Lauren Sendelbeck. There are five juniors including Haley Berning, Micki Brinkmann, Elise Eggemeyer, Dava Lake and Kinsey Schultheis.

Five sophomores — Ashley Christ, Clare Jouglard, Brittany Prange,  Baylee Seymour and Lauren Wright, along with one freshman, Jessica Molinari competing for starting spots.

Ivers brings a wealth of tennis experience to the tennis program.

He played college tennis at Western Illinois University, where he won two conference championships and was named the Leathernecks most improved player during his junior.

Both of his parents and his brother also played tennis.

His sister also played tennis in high school.

Brett, who teaches eighth grade math at Waterloo Junior High School, and is the husband of Gardner Elementary Principal Dawn Ivers.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.