If exhibition matches were allowed for high school girls tennis, Lawrence High coach Dick Wedel would be in favor of them.
The season opener for LHS is Wednesday at Leavenworth and Wedel hasn't narrowed his lineup to two singles players and two doubles teams.
"The idea of the early matches is to give everybody a shot," said Wedel, entering his 15th year as the LHS head coach.
Wedel can bring all 20 players to the Leavenworth meet that also includes SM North.
Wedel listed sophomore Lisa Donnelly, senior Erin Linhos, junior Katie Sackman, junior Allison Sollars and junior Kate Spano as the team's top players. Spano, a doubles player last year, is the only returning state qualifier.
Wedel expects Donnelly to contribute immediately as a sophomore. Donnelly and Linhos are projected as the team's singles players.
"It happens every now and then," Wedel said of a sophomore playing varsity tennis. "She played Missouri Valley for some years."
Wedel was undecided on the combinations for the doubles teams. Sara Penny, Katie Schott and Heather Vespestad are competing for the sixth spot on the varsity.
"I expect them all to work real hard and improve," Wedel said. "Right now our goal is to find out who our best players are, who our good doubles combinations are and make the most of those."
The team's home opener is Sept. 8 against Kansas City, Mo., Pembroke Hill. Lawrence will host two other meets.
Wedel didn't know what to expect from the other Sunflower League schools.
"It seems like there were a lot of players graduated from last year," he said. "It's kind of opened things up for everybody."