Harrison girls tennis is coming off a successful 2015 campaign (19-5) and are looking to improve on that this season.
Junior Teja Kakani believes the team can improve with its strong work ethic.
“We need to just keep doing what we're doing, work hard every single day in practice,” said Kakani.
The Raiders won sectionals last year but fell short in regionals losing to Carmel, which has won three consecutive state championships and five of the last seven.
With Rebecca Dinkel (No. 1 singles), Libby Roetker (No. 2 singles), and Aman Kaur (No. 1 doubles) all gone due to graduation last year, some spots will need to be filled.
That leaves four returning varsity players.
Kanaki, who played No. 3 singles last year, will likely move up to No. 1 singles.
Kensington Eiler will need a partner at No. 1 doubles, which could possibly be filled by Aman Kaur’s sister, Suhki Kaur.
No. 2 doubles seems to be solid with both Janie Zeh and Hannah Eastman returning from last season.
Even with the outstanding seniors from last year gone, the team confidence is still high going into the season.
“Everyone's been working very hard this offseason,” said Eastman, the senior doubles player.
Both Kakani and Eastman believe the team will win sectionals this year again.
“We want to get our fourth sectional win in a row,” said Eastman.
Kakani and Eastman also agree that sectionals will be the biggest challenge this season.
The Raiders kick off their season on Thursday, April 7 at Kankakee Valley.
Key Players: Teja Kakani, Kensington Eiler, Hannah Eastman, Janie Zeh, Suhki Kaur, Hanna Wiley