Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Girls tennis team previews

Big Rivers

Chippewa Falls: Ashley Hanley, Alexis Zenner will form top doubles team after playing at No. 2 last year. Also back are Marah Dunham, Mikayla Runge, Maria Friedel. Eau Claire Memorial: Returns 14 letterwinners from team that won BRC, sectional. State qualifiers Sierra Auleta, Isy Thapar lead singles group, along with transfer Haya Dodin, who took second at state tournament in North Dakota last year. Seniors Mary Obias, Madison Etzel and senior Shilpa Maddikunta, junior Julia Nick will lead doubles group. Abes have won 25 BRC titles in Jim Litscher’s 28 years as coach. Eau Claire North: Doubles team of seniors Sydnie Steinmetz, Anna Kent back after going to state last year. Brittney Dehnke, Megan Pekula also return for Huskies. Hudson: Seniors Kate Johnson, Annika Lewis won BRC title at No. 3 doubles last year and are in top spot this fall. Ella Diedrich, Lauren Stolzman, Sophia Jonas have been top singles players early in year. Jonas won sectional, BRC titles at No. 4 singles as a freshman last season. State-qualifying and sectional champ doubles team of Taylor Owens, Anna Wilgren graduated. Assistant John Dahl takes over as head coach. Menomonie: Returns a lot of talent from team that had banner year for program. Mustangs went 24-3 in duals, took second in BRC and sent seven girls to sectionals. Top doubles duo of seniors Lexi Hastings and Lindsey Johnson went to state and won a match before losing in second round to eventual state champs Amanda Newman and Hailey Munz of Monona Grove. Top three singles players — seniors Jennifer Radle and Jordyn Hagman and junior Olivia Leipnitz — return. Hagman won sectional title at No. 3 singles last year. Wendy Hastings is in her 35th year coaching team. Rice Lake: Rebuilding year for Warriors after losing 11 seniors to graduation. Sent two doubles teams to state — senior Alicia Kinziger is only returner of four. Kinziger will pair with Claire Dennis at No. 1 doubles. Top returning singles players are Kyrstin Hanson, Ellen Mitchell. Warriors tied for third at sectional last year. Maite Oyarbide-Sanchez, an assistant last year, and Inger Sanderud-Nordquist take over as co-head coaches. Big freshmen class; 35 kids in program.

Elsewhere

Altoona: State qualifier Sydney Presler, now a senior, returns at No. 1 singles, as do state-qualifying doubles team of junior Kate Harris, sophomore Morgan Dekan. Graduated sectional champ doubles duo of Mady Amidon, Emily Kazubowski. Regis: Lost a lot from last year’s sectional title team. Top two singles players, all six doubles players graduated. Juniors Caroline Kowieski, Elena Bourget played Nos. 3 and 4 singles last year and return. Kowieski was an individual state qualifier.

Compiled by Mike Klees using information from area coaches


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