Irmo put together a solid showing during the 2009 girls tennis season, and the youth and depth in place bodes well for the Yellow Jackets over the next few seasons.
“We had a great season,” said coach Suzanne Gray.
“There is a lot of strength and depth among our girls team totaling 20 players. We really enjoyed playing the Florence and Belton tournaments. That was a lot of fun and we saw great competition. It was good to play different teams out of the region and out of the area. I am very proud of the players for the great record - and finishing second in strong, tough region. I was disappointed to play Wando so early in playoffs, that's how draws/brackets workout sometimes.”
The bottom line in 2009: a 14-4 overall record, a 12-2 mark in Region 5-4A (losing only to Dutch Fork), a third-place finish at the Florence preseason tournament and fourth-place finish at the Belton Hall of Fame Invitational Classic.
The Yellow Jackets had only two seniors players on the roster, and Erin Westerkam was the only senior starter. Westerkam usually teamed up with freshman sister Ivey Westerkam at No. 2 doubles. The sisters had eight wins together, and went 2-2 in doubles play at the two tournaments. Ivery Westerkam finished with 10 doubles wins and one singles success.
Juanita Hazel, the only other senior on the team, had four singles/doubles wins along at the way.
The primary starting lineup featured junior Mary Chris Satterthwaite (11-4 at No. 1 singles, 4-2 at No. 1 doubles), freshman Ashley Hawkins (11-6 at No. 2 singles, 4-2 at No. 1 doubles), junior Jennifer Anderson (13-7 at No. 3 singles), sophomore Mavina Guram (16-3 at No. 4 singles) and junior Olivia Haley (9-4 at No. 5 singles).
Twelve other players contributed had least one singles/doubles win to the varsity cause during the season. Junior Priya Purohit had nine, eighth-grader Sarah Barkely six, freshman Linnea Westerkamp five, freshman Keley Murrell three, seventh-grader Sally Nguyen, , junior Raynah Favor, freshman Rebecca Galloway and freshman Tori Leonhardt, had two apiece, while junior Madi Hutchinson, junior Jessica Smith, sophomore Rachel Frangopoulas and freshman Lauren Jordan all had one varsity win.