Lexington’s girls tennis team is gearing up for another long Class 4A state playoff run this fall, despite the graduation loss to three singles starters. The Wildcats went 17-1 last season, losing to Mauldin in the Upper State championship match.
“We should be set up for another deep run through the playoffs,” said coach Eric Jackson. “We have no glaring weaknesses to speak of. This is an incredibly deep team with great team chemistry.”
The only returning singles starters are sophomores Erin Green and Clair Larkin. Green started at the No. 2 spot last season, but is fighting to get the nod at No. 3 this season. Larkin, who suffered just one loss at No. 3 singles a year ago, is the likely No. 1 starter this season.
Junior Annie Konduros, who started at No. 2 doubles last year, is challenging Green for the No. 2 singles spot. The intense scramble for starting jobs at No. 4 and No. 5 singles includes junior Sarah Kim, sophomore Rachel Lovaas and the Patterson sisters, senior Taylor and eighth-grader Morgan. The Pattersons are back in Lexington after their family moved away to Chicago a few years ago.
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Freshmen Lauren Johnson, Lauren Howard and Victoria Anderson are other young players to watch.
Realignment has placed Lexington in a beefed-up region (5-4A), which now features Irmo and Dutch Fork. The Wildcats won the Region 4-4A title without fault last fall.