Cookeville may have showed the WCHS tennis teams what it will take to play at the highest level of competition in Tennesse this spring, but the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers already have room for optimism in the early part of 2023.
The WCHS girls have already beaten DeKalb County and White County this year, while the Pioneers are starting to gel as top-tier talent emerges at the top of the lineup.
Coach Matt Jackson knew his teams would need some time on the court to find their footing this year, but the early results have already been promising.
"Our girls lineup is really strong from top to bottom," said Jackson after Tuesday's match. "They have already beaten some of our district foes and I think our boys team has the right pieces to be successful. They're improving every match."
The Lady Pioneers have gotten strong showing up and down the lineup, with Miya Rowland and Elena Rowland starring in singles and a trio of pairings turning heads in doubles.
Elena teams with Rachel Jackson on the top Lady Pioneer pairing, while Miya and Abby Graves are a solid No. 2 squad. London Caten and Susanna Netherton round out the team's impressive depth, which was on full display when the WCHS girls beat DeKalb County 8-1 and White County 6-3.
For the boys, Drew Peterson has made an impact in singles and doubles, as has senior Mitchell Caten. Their play atop the Pioneer lineup gives Warren County a chance against all its biggest rivals.
Warren County was back at home Thursday against Van Buren County. Check Sunday's Standard for more updates on the WCHS tennis progra.