High expectations surround the Richmond girls tennis team.
With good reason, too.
The Red Devils return five from last year’s sectional championship team, including all-state performer Peyton Young at No. 1 singles.
Richmond also has a talented foreign exchange student, Rei Tsuyuki, who will play No. 2 singles.
“I’m really excited about this team,” said RHS coach Randy Hollingsworth.
Kaitlin Kramer finalizes Richmond’s singles players at No. 3. Emma Lady, Krissy Kramer, Cami Jones and Kaitlyn Harrison will all factor into Richmond’s doubles plans.
“Anytime you can have five back, I feel pretty good about that,” Hollingsworth said. “Adding the two other girls, who are very nice players, I think we’re going to have a really solid team.”
Young, Kaitlin Kramer, Lady, Krissy Kramer and Harrison all played for the Red Devils in last year’s regional final, a tight 3-2 loss to East Central.
Richmond has its sights on titles in the North Central Conference, sectional, regional and beyond this season. The Red Devils have won three straight sectional championships, and they finished 10-6 overall last season.
“It’s going to be a fun season,” Hollingsworth said.
Young, who was a second-team all-state selection as a junior, advanced to the Carmel regional championship in the individual tournament last year.
She was 23-2 as a junior.
Richmond opens Monday on the Red Devils’ home Tiernan Center courts against Jay County. RHS also plays host Wednesday to Delta.
“That will be a really good match for us,” Hollingsworth said.
Richmond’s NCC schedule begins May 3 when the Red Devils travel to Muncie Central to face both Kokomo and Marion.
Hollingsworth pointed to Marion, Logansport and Muncie Central as teams expected to challenge for the NCC’s top spot.
“Those are three that will give us tough matches,” Hollingsworth said. “It’s going to come down to some 3-2 matches.”
Richmond also plays host April 26 to its annual RHS Invitational.
The Red Devils also are the host team for the sectional and regional tournaments at Tiernan Center.
“Overall, it’s a really good group of girls to work with. They are very coachable,” Hollingsworth said. “They work really hard. They just enjoy playing. They enjoy being around each other.”