The Enterprise High School boys and girls tennis teams again made it to the state tournament last season and will look to make the return this season with a young group of players.

While both the Wildcats and Lady Cats lost senior leadership from the 2019 group, the 2020 teams will have the opportunity to be the first EHS tennis teams to compete on Enterprise’s brand new tennis complex on campus.

The gorgeous blue colored court will play host to tennis matches on campus for the first time in school history.

Former EHS tennis star Mary Evelyn Jordan will be coaching the Lady Cats this season as longtime EHS tennis coach Robyn Carr coaches the boys.

Jordan earned a tennis scholarship to Snead State after a stellar EHS tennis career and then went on to transfer to Auburn to finish up her academic career.

While the Lady Cats lose their top two hitters from last season in 2019 senior Mikaela Grubb and junior Ella Sawyer – who suffered a knee injury – Jordan expects senior Tori Ammons and junior captain Grace Heim to step up as leaders this season.

“Tori Ammons and Grace Heim are going to be our leaders but we’ll really need to lean on everybody because of some of the injuries we’ve had,” Jordan said. “Tori will be the leader of the pack out there and Grace Heim is our captain, too.”

Jordan pointed to freshman Katherine Nelson as an underclassmen to keep an eye on this season.

“I think she’ll really step up this year,” Jordan said. “She was seven or eight (in the lineup) last year but has really improved over the summer and I’m anxious to see her this season. She beat a senior in a challenge match last week.”

While Jordan has been pleased with her team’s progress so far in preseason workouts, she pointed to doubles action as being a point of concentration during the early part of the year.

“We have to work on our doubles,” she flatly said. “They have to get used to playing with each other and we really have to work on our mental toughness. That has to get better.”

The Wildcats also lost senior leadership from the 2019 squad and return no seniors this season.

Aiden Peterson, Bradley Pouncey, Alexander Nelson, Connor Morriss, Evan Stewart and Cameron Emerson are all returners from last season, and Carr says they will have to step up to lead in 2020.

Carr said that she’s liked the energy at practices thus far but, like the girls, doubles play is a point of focus early on.

“We have to focus on doubles and getting our doubles team strong,” Carr emphasized. “At the sectional and state level doubles count more. I feel confident in our singles action but we just have to keep getting better in doubles.”

After starting out the season on the road for two matches, EHS will host its first tennis action on Feb. 11 against rival Dothan.

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