The Crosby Cougars tennis team is hoping to make the most of a potentially difficult situation.
Sixth year head coach Stephen Olmstead will enter the campaign with a roster thin on numbers, but still plenty of optimism after a 5-3 season that saw the Cougars finish sixth in District 22-5A a year ago.
Six returners are back including Layla Tovar, who earned second-team All-District last season while Emily Daly earned honorable mention.
“Both are going to be playing up a few spots higher on this year’s ladder but push each other in workouts to do better,” Olmstead said.
The one thing Olmstead acknowledges is that his roster will be young and/or extremely new to Crosby varsity team which will make the long-time coach work from scratch.
“The boys will be almost an entirely new squad with only one returner,” Olmstead said. “The rest are coming from sub varsity last season. The kids will work very hard to play well in every match.”
A year ago they just missed a bi-district spot as Robert E. Lee eked out the fourth and final spot. Olmstead is pragmatic about getting back in the postseason.
“We are just going to take it one match at a time,” Olmstead said. “We are in a very difficult district and it will be a tough match for us every week.”