VANDALIA — After a big rebuilding year last season, the Butler girls tennis team is determined to have a great season. With returning upperclassmen to lead the way, the Lady Aviator tennis team will use last season’s development to guide them to a great season this year. The ladies finished last season with a record of 7 – 12, but hope to turn the tides on this season’s opponents.
Amanda Paul, head coach of the Lady Aviators, feels this season will be great due to the their hard work in the off-season, as well as through great leadership and new practice methods.
“The girls are really excited to compete and are very motivated to have a good season,” said Paul.
The Aviators will be led by senior Leigh Harden who is coming off of a great finish from last season as one of three players to qualify for the districts.
“Leigh is a great leader, and a strong competitor,” said Paul.
Also returning for the Aviators are Madison Peyton and Vynesa Evanson. Both Peyton and Evanson were district qualifiers last season and would love to return in the upcoming year. Additionally, the Aviators have gained multiple underclassmen that show a bright future for Butler.
The GWOC North division is very strong for girl’s tennis and will provide a test for the Aviators this season. Coach Paul feels Troy is going to be strong this season and will challenge for the conference title. Post-season play should be a true test for the Aviators, including Fairmont in the state team match. This tough schedule for Butler will prepare them for a long and successful post season.
The Aviators opened the season with a loss to Centerville but rebounded with a win over Springfield. On September 8 Butler hosts Troy in one of their biggest matches of the year, with a potential conference title on the line. This season the Aviators will play their home matches at Dayton Center Courts.
Gannon Godsey is a senior at Butler High School. Reach him at 684-8983.