Sherando has learning experience

MIDLOTHIAN — Sherando’s loss in the semifinals on Monday to Midlothian may sting for a little while, but the Warriors still accomplished a lot this season.

Sherando won a first-ever district or conference title. The Warriors won a school-record 17 matches, and was a mere two points away from a regional title.

Despite the loss in the state semifinals, Sherando coach Trevor Johnson said he saw some things that the team could work on for next year.

“There are things and shots that they need to use,” Johnson said. “They need to use the lob more. They need to use the dropshots, but those are things that we’ll work on for next year because this is the first time we’ve been at this level. And it lets you see things that sometimes when you’re playing in your area you don’t see.”

Johnson said a slow start against the two-time defending state champion Trojans hurt the Warriors in the state semifinals.

“They’re powerful, especially on their groundstrokes from the baseline especially their forehands,” Johnson said. “I think my girls got behind early, and they got intimidated and didn’t play aggressively. I tell them all along you need to be aggressive. … I think they just got overwhelmed.”

Johnson said that the match against the Trojans was a good learning experience for his young squad.

The Trojans had three seniors in the top six, while the Warriors only had two.

Abigale Lukens and Alisa van de Crommert are the only seniors in the top six for the Warriors.

Sherando’s depth should benefit them again next season, and could lead to another strong year.

Johnson said the players need to work on their games in the offseason.

“I have a really good core coming back,” Johnson said. “I know what we need to work on. Hopefully they know what they need to work on, and will do that in the offseason — the summer and the fall and the winter — and we’ll come back next year ready to go.”

Johnson said he was very proud of his players for the season that they had.

“The girls did a great job. They responded well to lots of things. They practiced hard,” Johnson said. “They had good attitudes. Hopefully this is something that they’re going to build on and use for next year.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com