Potthast Looks For Formula of Success PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Kelly   
Friday, 26 April 2013 01:54

Eric Potthast is quietly continuing a winning tradition for the girls tennis team at Cardinal Ritter as he continues to lead it through the regular season in hopes to win the eighth sectional title in the team's history.



The Raiders posted a 10-win season one year ago and look on pace to match that since it has recorded four wins in its first six matches. The team is led by junior Leah Bullock at number-one singles while junior Anna Hession plays at the number-two singles slot. The number-three singles position is anchored by senior Laura Huey. The number-one doubles team consists of senior Gabby Buckner and senior Jordain Graff while the number-two doubles team is senior Peyton Spreacker and junior Chelsea Jones.

Potthast told The Sports Chronicle that the wins and losses are not his main concern at this time. His main goal involves grooming his players to be at their best toward the end of the season heading into the sectional.

"We are where we expected to be and will be competitive," Potthast said. "I am not concerned about our record because it is about finding out our weaknesses and improving on them throughout the season so we can be at our best heading into sectional play."

The Raiders play a competitive schedule during the regular season that includes sectional foe Ben Davis along with Archdiocesan schools  Bishop Chatard and Roncalli. The team also will find plenty of challenges when it competes in the Crossroads Conference and City tournaments.

Potthast said one of the strengths of his team is its senior leadership.

"They have great leadership qualities and put their hearts into it to where they are all in for the team and are very unselfish," Pottthast said.

The fourth-year head coach said one person who can spark the team on and off the tennis court is Spreacker, who is in her first year on the varsity team.

"She is the one who always gives us 100 percent on the court and is the first one to cheer on her teammates," Potthast said. "She is undoubtedly the vocal leader of this team."

Last year, Cardinal Ritter was edged in the Crossroads Conference tournament and finished in third place, but Potthast said his team has a great shot to finish runner-up since Triton Central (who edged CR) lost several key players to graduation. He also said his team should be playing Ben Davis for the sectional title. A win would be its third in four years.

"We are having fun every day on the tennis courts whether it's a match or in practice," Potthast said. "We enjoy being around each other and all of our teammates along with our families who support us."



2011 - Cardinal Ritter buries Broad Ripple 79-9 in a regular action of boys swimming.

2001 - Visiting Indian Creek limits Cardinal Ritter to five points in fourth quarter en route to a 62-48 win in girls basketball action.

1991 - Speedway outscores Cardinal Ritter 20-9 in the decisive second quarter on the way to a 61-42 win in girls basketball.

1981 - Northwest outscores host Cardinal Ritter 23-12 in fourth quarter on the way to a 62-47 victory in girls hoops.

1976 - Ladywood St. Agnes knocks off Cardinal Ritter by the score of 54-37 in a girls basketball contest.

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