Early on, Greenwood girls tennis coach Steve Gantz predicted a struggle.
He was right.
Despite a wealth of experience from last year’s state qualifying team, the Woodmen began the 2013 season without No. 2 singles player Jade Kawamoto. She sat out the first seven matches recovering from foot surgery.
Consequently, the Woodmen started slowly and were largely neglected in the state poll. They were No. 25 in the final balloting.
But no matter.
Greenwood (17-5) isn’t loftily ranked, but it is one of eight teams still vying for the team state championship.