The Wildcats, runners-up in Class AA to Blessed Trinity in both 2011 and ’12, will go for a region title this week at the 6AA tournament — which they are hosting Tuesday and Wednesday.
From there, they will move on to the Class AA tournament and go for their first state title since 2003.
With a 12-1 record and a strong veteran group leading the way, coach Scoot Dimon said he is confident about his team as it enters the postseason.
“We have senior leadership,” Dimon said. “We have four seniors on the team and they’ve led the girls, both during the matches and during practice. If the Wildcats play well, we should be able to play for the state championship — although, there’s a lot of great competition in the region and in the state.”
Things haven’t come easy for the Wildcats, however, with a number of tight battles against their formidable 6AA opponents.
“We have had some very close matches all season long and some of those matches, we won 3-2,” Dimon said. “Our region is very strong and that includes GAC, Wesleyan and Lovett. We’ve had close matches with every one of them.”
One obstacle to the state title has been removed for Westminster with the absence of four-time AA state champion Blessed Trinity, which is now playing in AAA.
“The fact that Blessed Trinity has moved up to AAA does give the girls an extra incentive to play hard and practice hard, knowing that they will no longer be blocking our path.”
That didn’t stop Blessed Trinity from ending Westminster’s bid to go undefeated, with the Wildcats losing to their old AA rivals 4-1 in their regular-season finale last Tuesday.
Dimon said he has enjoyed coaching his team this season.
“They are a really fun group of girls to coach,” he said. “The attitude has been great since the first day of tryouts and they all get along with each other.”
Junior Julie Fowler leads the way at No. 1 singles. Fowler, who has assumed the top spot in the Westminster lineup since her freshman season, is ranked 128th in the nation, 46th in the Southeast and 11th in Georgia among high school players by the tennisrecruiting.net website.
Senior Rachel Corbin plays No. 2 singles, while sophomore Simrom Mithwani is at No. 3 singles.
The Wildcats have also gotten key contributions from their doubles teams — junior Kay Crawford and freshman Maddie Hutchins at the No. 1 position and junior Alex Marshall and freshman Gabi Barros at the No. 2 spot.