Vikings' top tennis player has eyes on return to state
DANVILLE – Junior Lisa LeCleir can tell you how competitive girls' tennis has become.
Danville's No. 1 player has met up with some tough opponents so far this season. But don't feel bad for her 5-5 singles record just yet. She is prepared for the challenge.
"I think I've played well," LeCleir said. "I've had a decent amount of hard matches with playing at No. 1, but I've played well.
"A lot of teams do have really good No. 1s, so that's hard playing at the No. 1 spot, but I've played very close to a lot of those girls, so I feel that I've done fine."
LeCleir hopes she is on track to make a repeat trip to the state tournament. Last year, she was the only team member to advance.
This year, she hopes to change that outcome.
"My main goal is to go to state, and to get more of my team members to go," she said, "I went to state last year; that was a lot of fun. So, I would just like to have that experience again."
Danville is one of 13 schools assigned to the Urbana Sectional, which will be played Oct. 13. The top four finishers in singles and doubles automatically qualify for state.
This is not the first time LeCleir has been a clear leader on the team. She was No. 1 last year as a sophomore and played varsity at the No. 4 position her freshman year.
She has remained a consistently good player – in part because of her positive attitude – through a revolving door of coaches.
"(Having different coaches this year) doesn't really affect my game," LeCleir said. "I knew who they (new head coaches Cathy Wenthe and Mackenzie Kurth) were before they started coaching me, so it has worked out really well. They've been working really well with us, doing a lot of drills, bringing new ideas to it.
"I also had a new coach last year, so I'm kind of going through this whole process again, but this year has been going really great."
Behind LeCleir's sweet de-meanor, one gets the idea that this is a player who is saying, "Been there, done that, and I think I'll do it again."