Veteran Lion coach Cameron 'optimistic' about net campaign
Belfast — The following is a synopsis of the 2014 Belfast Area High School girls tennis team:
Coach/years coached current team: John Cameron, 17th year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 5-7, 13th in Eastern Class B. The Lions failed to qualify for the playoffs.
Roster: Seniors Ashley Keene, Mariah Hurd, Lacy Durkee, Amalia Cockerola (exchange student from Germany) and Valentin Delcuve; juniors Madison Pickering, Mackenzie Moore, Emma Sturdevant, Katlyn Young, Catey McGinn, Hannah Lynam, Madison Littlefield, Maylinda Boynton and Tierra Stevens; sophomores Hannah Greene and Lucy Bonneville; and freshmen Jacqueline Awalt, Ala'a Al-Matrouk, Rayahnna Luther and Gabby Coates.
Known graduation losses: Shashanna Moll, Kalyn Robbins and Julia Ward.
Significant impact players: Keene (second singles), Hurd (first singles), Cockerola, Durkee and Moore. Keene and Hurd have singles experience.
Team strengths: Making vast overall improvement in individual skills.
Team goal: To make the Eastern Class B playoffs.
Top league opponents: Camden Hills, Waterville and Lincoln Academy of Newcastle.
Outlook: The Lions lost only three players to graduation, most notably Moll, who was one of the top players in the KVAC the past few seasons. Moll, along with Ward, played in the state singles tournament last season.
Despite the athlete losses, coach Cameron is optimistic for the upcoming season and feels his team is capable of hosting either a preliminary or quarterfinal playoff.
“I think it's within them,” he said. “It all comes down to how they play once they hit the court, and you don't know that until you hit the court. But I'm optimistic. I think they'll win their fair share of matches.”
Cameron coached the boys team for five years until 2000 and since then has guided the girls court team. In that span of time, only two of Cameron's team, including last year's squad, failed to qualify for postseason play.