The Wildcats appear to be ready for a run at a second consecutive Class AA title with a deep and talented team that was 5-2 as of last Wednesday.
“We have a really strong team,” Westminster coach Scoot Dimon said. “We have a lot of depth that is, I think, sort of the hallmark of the Westminster team. We have 14 players and all 14 can help us, singles or doubles. It’s probably the deepest team that I’ve coached in the last 10 years and that’s a real privilege to have that much depth on the girls’ varsity tennis team.”
While being state champion certainly brings added pressure and expectations, Dimon said it also gives his team a boost of confidence.
“The fact that we’ve won it once after being the bridesmaid for several years, we were able to win it last year and so once you’ve won it once, you feel like ‘Hey, we can do it again,’” he said.
Senior Julie Fowler returns as the No. 1 singles player, with freshman Carol Elizabeth Kerman stepping in successfully at No. 2 singles and junior Simrun Mithwani rounding out the singles lineup at the No. 3 position.
Senior Kay Crawford is teamed up with freshman Becca Stewart at No. 1 doubles, while senior Alex Marshall and sophomore Gabi Barros are the No. 2 doubles team.
Senior Paige Sullivan and sophomore Maddie Hutchins play key reserve roles in both singles and doubles.
“We have a lot of seniors, but we also have a lot of kids who should be strong in the coming years as well,” Dimon said.
Once again, Westminster will have to do battle in a competitive Region 6AA that includes archrival Lovett — whom the Wildcats beat in last year’s AA finals — and 2013 state quarterfinalists Wesleyan and Greater Atlanta Christian.
“Our region is very strong and it gives us all we can handle,” Dimon said.
While Westminster appears to have all the pieces in place to win a second straight state title, Dimon said it is not a sure thing.
“We’ve got the players to make a run at it, but you’ve got to be lucky and you’ve got to respect the opposition,” he said.