The Lady Wolfpack (10-3-1) lost to Greenbrier in the postseason for the second consecutive season April 30. Woodland head coach Ashley Maddox said his message to his team after the match was twofold.
“First, we have a great group of four seniors that I thanked for such a great run in Woodland tennis,” Maddox said. “I told them I really appreciated the last two years. And to the younger group, I told them to look at what these seniors accomplished. I told them they did not win so much only competing on match days.”
Maddox told his younger group to stay active and to not put the racket down in the offseason.
“They need to continue to play throughout the year however they can,” he said.
Greenbrier beat Woodland 5-0 this season in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs and won last season 5-0 in the quarterfinals.
Maddox said losing the top three singles players and one half of the No. 1 doubles team will be tough, but he is looking forward to the future.
“We have a young group coming up and we have already gotten some of them into the lineup this season in meaningful matches,” Maddox said.
No. 1 singles player Kimberly Bowen, No. 2 singles Krystal Bowen, No. 3 singles Nicole Langford and No. 1 doubles Kristen Avery graduate this year.
The group helped Woodland to a 34-8-1 record in the previous three seasons. The team made at least the second round of the playoffs each season.
Maddox said he will look to sophomore Mikayla Martinez and Addy Rath to step into a role somehow next season.
“We got those two girls strategically into matches this season and they will be good next year,” Maddox said. “The good thing about this year is we had this younger group learning from the seniors who knew how to be a playoff team.”
Maddox said he also let his team know after the tough loss that next year brings a new region with the classification shuffle occurring in GHSA.
Woodland will no longer be in a region with Starr’s Mill and McIntosh, but will be in a sub-region comprised fully of Henry County teams.
“These girls are looking forward to stepping up and continuing what this group of seniors has started here at Woodland,” Maddox said.