A key injury to veteran star Madison Kocher made things tough on the Hammond girls tennis team in 2008. Kocher, undefeated during her high school career, played in only two matches this season.
With Kocher out of the mix, the Skyhawks finished 6-4 and in third place in tough SCISA Region 2-3A behind Heathwood Hall and Cardinal Newman. Hammond suffered two close losses against both the Highlanders and Cardinals.
“If Madison had not been injured, I feel sure the outcome of the season would have been quite different,” said Skyhawks coach Carol Fowles. “Having said that, the girls certainly stepped up to the plate and I consider it a very good season.”
Three seniors are departing the scene – Kocher, Beth Cotter and Rosanne Sullivan. Cotter, a five-year varsity starter, took over for Kocher at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles this season. Sullivan played at No. 3 singles and has a team high 12 wins in her fourth and final varsity season.
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Juniors Layna Plyler, Alexandra Little, Lilie Jane Hudson, Elizabeth Stuckey and Brooks Burnside and eight-grader Anna Elise Goudelock are expected to return and form the foundation of the 2009 team.
I’m looking forward to a great year with a lot of experience available,” said Fowles.