The Garden City High School girls tennis season will open serve Saturday when the Buffs head to Great Bend for the 9 a.m. start of the Panther Invitational.
And while veteran head coach Rod Robinson has Saturday’s lineup set, he’s certainly indicated it’s not set in stone for the entire upcoming campaign.
While Carson Linenberger won the team’s challenge matches with a victory over Taryn Tabor, Robinson will pair Linenberger with freshman Sage Riggs at No. 1 doubles and Tabor will be slotted in at No. 1 singles.
Erasay Alcantar will play No. 2 singles, while the pair of Carole Gian and Hannah Kipp will compete at No. 2 doubles.
“I think with the players we have, this makes the strongest team overall,” Robinson said. “We’re going to try it Saturday and see if we need to change it up or fine tune their play.”
Robinson said there would be a lot to learn from Saturday’s tourney opener.
“Nothing is set in stone right now,” Robinson said. “All the doubles girls have the talents needed to play doubles. They all have good serves, good volleys and good net skills.”
Tabor was a state qualifier in 2017 and 2016, so Robinson is looking for another strong season from her.
“She loves to grind it out playing singles,” Robinson said of Tabor. “Erasay has a similar skill set, and I think both will get plenty of wins.”