EXTRA POINT: Jays competitive now, getting closer to title

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERIC CLARK
According to new Tabor College tennis coach Lonnie Isaac, the Bluejay tennis team should be competitive against the top teams in the KCAC.


“I think Bethany and Friends are the teams to beat,” Isaac said. “As a team, we have a good chance of competing with those teams if we stay healthy and play well.”


The Bluejays finished last season third in the conference, thanks largely to the play of senior Katherine Klepper. A two-time all-KCAC selection, Klepper will lead the Bluejay netters into this year’s season.


“She’s a talented player, a player we will look to for a lot of leadership,” Isaac said. “She will do very well again. She’s undoubtedly one of the better players in the conference.”


Isaac has seven players on this year’s team, a number he hopes in future will go up with his team’s success.


“I feel good about our group, but I wish we had more players,” Isaac said. “We only have seven players and that’s my biggest concern.


“We can’t have any injuries if we’re going to have a thought of being able to move up from third. We need to keep everybody healthy.”


Freshman Lindsey Miller has caught the eye of Isaac in the past couple of days.


“She’s really surprised me in both singles and doubles,” Isaac said. “She’s really going to help us a lot.”


The team will begin finalizing their spots for the upcoming season by the end of this week.


Isaac likes his team’s chances this season and believes the Jays are on the brink of a KCAC title if they can add a few more ingredients.


“I think the potential is there,” Isaac said. “I really think we’re probably a couple of real good recruits away, which is sometimes the toughest door to knock down.


“There’s players out there. Bethany has found them before, and the Bethel has. Katherine is one of those types of players and we just need to find a couple more like her. Then, all of sudden your team becomes stronger.”


In order to make a run at the KCAC title, Isaac said a team has to build its program player by player.


“You’ve got to have quality players up top,” Isaac said. “We do have fairly good depth. That’s something we still have to improve on.


“Having four, five and six players in the lower part of your lineup-if they can be successful and win in the conference, that’s really were a lot of titles are won.”


The Bluejays open their season Thursday, Sept. 6, at Southwestern College in Winfield.

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