Hillsboro sports young, talented tennis team

Coming off a strong season where they lost only two seniors and had four letter winners, the Trojans are looking to build around the success they had last year to keep building their team this year.

With only one senior, the team is primarily made up of underclassmen. If they can find their groove early, they will be able to build a strong team and should go far.

Head Coach Erin Hein, who is starting her third year as tennis coach at Hillsboro High School, is enjoying getting to know all of the players as she learns their strengths.

“Our team is pretty young this year. We have a lot of underclassmen in play. I’m really excited even after just the first days of practice, because a lot of them have really caught on quickly. There are some returning underclassmen from last year who have really stepped it up at practice so far. It will be interesting to see what they can contribute this year,” said Hein.

On top of a solid team of returning underclassmen, Hein has many new players to work with bringing the team total up to 15. This brings both advantages and challenges.

“We have so many girls that I think are capable of playing in many different roles so it’s a bit of a challenge moving people around and figuring out which spot suits them best. I feel like there are several places that could work for them, but we want to find the best spot for them. We have two weeks before the first meet to figure out where each player fits best,” said Hein.

Overall, Hein is full of optimism and ready to dive into the season.

“The ultimate goal is to get players back to state this year. We went two years ago, but we didn’t go last year. I want to see players go back to state,” said Hein.

Coming— Hillsboro opened the season on Tuesday at home. They will play next at Smoky Valley on Sept 12.