Rebuilding Lexington had a good showing in 2009, finishing with a 13-7 overall record and a third-place finish behind Dutch Fork and Irmo in tough Region 5-4A play.
The Wildcats were eliminated from the Class 4A state playoff in the third round by title-bound Wando.
Starting a new season without the previous year's 1-4 players was a tough pill for a lot of these girls and their coach to swallow,” said Lexington mentor Erik Jackson.
“Taylor Patterson (graduation), Clair Larkin (transferred), Morgan Patterson (moved back to Chicago), and Annie Konduros (shoulder injury) were all missing from the 2008 team. In the tough region we're in, I had to lower my expectations for the team a bit, but I knew with a little bit of hard work, this team could still be special. Convincing the girls that they were still a very talented and deep team wasn't easy, but theys gradually bought into it. Hard work, determination, and unity can overcome a lot of what some may have lacked in natural talent. There were several girls who had played on the varsity team before, but not in the starting lineup, so they were forced to move up and play significant roles a little sooner than they'd expected. But the girls worked on their game and really rose to the occasion. The girls fought hard the entire season.
“At the beginning, I figured the girls were a first- or second-round playoff caliber team. They exceeded that, by going on the road to beat Summerville and West Florence before falling to Wando. I had a great group of girls to work with and next year looks to be much more of the same, but these girls will have another year of great experience under their belts. We only lose one senior in the starting lineup, so I'm expecting big things out of these girls next year, pending any transfers or moves, that is.”
The regular singles starting lineup featured junior Erin Green (9-8 at No. 1), senior Sarah Kim (6-6 at No. 2), junior Rachel Lovaas (9-5 at No. 3), sophomore Lauren Johnson (8-7 at No. 4), and sophomore Lauren Howard (9-4 at No. 5).
The regular doubles players included junior Katie Lucas (6-5), freshman Kelly Gajewski (9-3), eighth-grader Summer Edwards (8-2) and freshman Ember Adams (5-1).