Aug 29, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorServing has been the top priority for Riverton High School Wolverines tennis coach Mary Lea Wolf in the first two weeks of practice.
The Wolverines jump into their season Saturday at home, hosting Rawlins at 11 a.m.
Matches will be played at Sunset Park, Central Wyoming College and Riverton High School.
"We have been really hitting the serves," Wolf said. "I'm really working the varsity players to get that nice twist serve out of more players."
The team has a number of underclassmen on the roster.
"The kids are very coachable," Wolf said. "They have been working really hard on their first serve. They have been trying to get a good, solid first serve."
The Wolverines have 28 players coming to practice.
"I have 10 varsity boys to pick from," Wolf said.
There are 10 girls on the roster.
"We have about an average number," Wolf said. "It's not real low, and it's not super high. Our number will change. I know I will get more."
Wolf's new assistant coach is Jen Campbell.
Campbell was a teacher and coach last year at Wind River. Campbell is now teaching in Riverton.
"She has a lot of coaching experience," Wolf said.
RHS plays three consecutive home matches to start the season.
"It's a good thing to play at home for the first week," Wolf said. "The season is so short," Wolf said. "It's such a fast-paced season."
Riverton hosts Jackson on Tuesday afternoon.
Jackson is a powerhouse tennis program in the state.
"Jackson will be really tough," Wolf said.
RHS entertains Cody on Friday, Sept. 6, then plays Powell on Saturday, Sept. 7.
The state tennis tournament is Oct. 3-5 in Gillette.
"I have a couple of boys who, when they are serving, you don't want to be standing on the other side of the net," Wolf said, referring to Virgil Morrison and David Gard.
"Virgil and David both pound the ball," Wolf said.
Two other hard hitters are Jon Frayley and Than Esposito.
Gard is scheduled to be in the No. 1 singles position.
Bradley Branson is in the No. 2 singles slot.
"Bradley is also getting some good serves in there," Wolf said.
Frayley and Morrison are slated to be the No. 1 doubles team
Wolf has enjoyed seeing the progress made by first-year players Dallin North and Reed Axthelm.
"Those two guys are going to be a good addition to the team," Wolf said.
"One of them will end up playing varsity for sure, if not both of them. Those guys are really scrappy."
Alex Verosky will be playing in the No. 1 girls singles.
"Alex spent time playing at a tennis ranch this summer," Wolf said.
"She has really improved this summer just because she put in the time playing."
Fallin Richmond will go in the No. 2 singles.
The doubles teams for the girls will be announced before the match vs. Rawlins.
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