Young roster promises growth this season

It’s been a rough 2019-2020 for the Crosby High School tennis program.

Yet, sixth-year head coach Stephen Olmstead remains optimistic about the new spring season as it is set to get started Friday against North Shore.

There is nowhere to go but up as the Cougars went 0-6 overall and in District 22-5A play during the fall team season.       

“The team will be young again as every returner is either going to be a sophomore or a junior,” Olmstead said. “We will be adding in some freshmen so we will be a very young squad.”

Young or not, Olmstead and the Crosby players offer some hope as they continue to grow in experience.

Emily Daly, Tegan Loftin, Mary Nelson, Keith Gray, Jose Perez, Efrain Vega, Logan Lairmore are the veterans of the roster despite their youthful status.

“Emily and Keith have the potential to have good seasons,” Olmstead said. “They took their lumps as sophomores. Emily was district honorable mention as a freshmen and moved from the No. 6 spot to the No. 1 singles spot after graduating the entire girls side last year. 

“Keith is a good technical player and has a tremendous upside. He just needs to get consistent and gain more confidence.”

Confidence will be a needed quality for a young team that will dive head first into a district featuring talented squads from Friendswood and Santa Fe.

“District play will be tough no matter who we play,” Olmstead said. 

“Regardless we will play hard with the kids we have each and every week.”

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