Lima area girls high school tennis capsules


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Kunmi Ojo is among six varsity letter winners back for Shawnee this season. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Kunmi Ojo is among six varsity letter winners back for Shawnee this season. Richard Parrish | The Lima News


Information from coaches and online sources.

Western Buckeye League

Bath

Division II

Coach: Sandy Dackin (seventh season)

Returning letter winners: Esther Bolon (soph.), Ruby Bolon (soph.), Fayme Ghandi (jr.), Regan Canter (sr.).

Top prospects: Emily McNett (sr.), Emily Wood (sr.)

2017 WBL finish: 5-4 in league matches, fifth in tournament and overall.

2017 postseason: Bolons qualified for Division II districts by winning sectional doubles championship. Charis Barnes qualified for districts with fourth place at sectionals in singles.

Coach’s analysis: As with each season, I am both excited and anxious to see how the team comes together. With two district qualifiers from the 2017 season returning, the level of expectation is greater. Having those accomplishments from last year will aid in pushing other teammates to the next level. I look forward to the increased sense of competitiveness during practices as well as matches. I am optimistic that each player will continue to improve throughout the season. Best wishes to all area teams.

Celina

Division II

Coach: Jan Morrison

Returning letter winners: Gracie Gabes (jr.), Sierra Zuercher (sr.)

Top prospects: Kaylin Avers (soph.), Gracie Schneider (soph.), Amy Hartings (fr.), Kaylyn Saunders (fr.), Audrey Albers (fr.), Madina Davlatvoyeva (soph.)

2017 WBL finish: 6-3 in league matches, fourth in tournament and overall.

2017 postseason: No district qualifiers.

Coach’s analysis: The good news is we have our first and second singles girls returning. The bad news is we are young and inexperiened at the other positions. Our freshmen are progressing well at the doubles positions. Avers is showing promise as a third singles player. Schneider is progressing at first doubles along with Hartings. I expect this team will improve much during the season as they gain experience.

Elida

Division II

Coach: Jason Selhorst (third season)

Returning letter winners: Annie Sayoto (sr.), Madalyn Schomber (sr.).

Top prospects: Makenna Isenbarger (jr.), Piper Lang (jr.), Lexi Hartzler (jr.), Aariah Rojos (sr.), McKenna Shellhouse (soph.)

2017 WBL finish: 3-6 in league matches, seventh in tournament and overall.

2017 postseason: No district qualifiers.

Coach’s analysis: We return two varsity players from last year so we are young and rebuilding but still very excited and optimistic for the season ahead. We look forward to being competitive in the WBL and sending players deep into the tournament. We believe the hard work that the girls have put in will lead to a very successful season.

Kenton

Division II

Katie Isenbarger (third season)

Returning letter winners: Mykaela Schriber (jr.), Kelsey Flowers (sr.), Abby Hartshorn (sr.), Elizabeth Heinstz (sr.), Kayce Sherman (jr.), Abby Oberlitner (sr.).

Top prospect: Lily Osborn (soph.)

2017 WBL finish: 1-8 in league matches, ninth in tournament and overall.

2017 postseason: Schriber qualified for districts with third place in Division II sectional singles.

Ottawa-Glandorf

2017 WBL finish: 2-7 in league matches, eighth in tournament and overall.

2017 postseason: No district qualifiers.

Coach’s analysis: We are very excited for our opportunity as a team this upcoming season. We have a strong returning team that all have had positive attitudes about this upcoming season. Schriber and Flowers have had good experience at singles and will hopefully be able to lead the team with their experience. Hartshorn has good experience as well and will be a great addition to our doubles team. Abigail will be player with Heinstz who has made great progress and is a great partner for Abigail. The rest of the team will hopefully follow their leadership and we can win some of the matches we lost 3-2 last season. Our team has put in the practice and worked on their serve, consistency and mental game and look forward to see what the season holds.

Shawnee

Division I

Coach: Nate Higgins (third season)

Returning letter winners: Alotus Wei (jr.), Aria Patel (soph.), Kunmi Ojo (soph.), Katie Clark (jr.), Sanjana Rajasekaran (sr.), Ella Atkinson (sr.).

Top prospects: Lade Onamusi (soph.), Dele Ojo (sr.).

2017 WBL finish: 9-0 in league matches, first in tournament and overall.

2017 postseason: Aria Patel qualified for Division I districts with fourth place in sectional singles. Rajasekaran and Clark qualified for districts with fourth place in sectional singles.

Coach’s analysis: Considering that our team is returning six out of seven varsity letter winners, our expectation and hope is that we will come out on top again in the WBL. Last year was our first year returning to Division I and while we qualified one singles player and a doubles team for the district tournament, we would like to have more players qualify at that level and also return to the state tournament for the first time in quite a while. One way that we would like to prepare for this is to play more matches with other Division I schools during the regular season.

St. Marys

Division II

Coach: Mariah Krugh (second season)

Returning letter winners: Clare Caywood (sr.), Allie Vanderhorst (jr.), Elizabeth Sutton (sr.), Kara Danaher (sr.)

Top prospects: Lydia Dabis (sr.), Jenna Hawkey (sr.), Kirsten Schnelle (sr.)

2017 WBL finish: 8-1 league matches, second in tournament and overall.

2017 postseason: Clare Caywood qualified for districts by winning Division II sectional singles title. Grace Dicke and Bailey Lininger made districts with third place in sectonal doubles.

Coach’s analysis: This 2018 tennis season will be successful for St. Marys. We have some returning and experienced players who are passionate about tennis to lead the team. Many of our players are seniors this year. They will be great role models for the underclassmen and set high expectations. St. Marys is eager to take on another season of tennis.

Van Wert

Division II

Coach Eli Alvarez (first season)

Returning letter winners: Liv Kline (sr.), Paige Moonshower (jr.), Allie Morrow (jr.), Allie Etter (soph.).

Top prospects: Emma Rutkowski (sr.), Natalie Schreiber (jr.), Kaylee Jennings (jr.), Jada Buckner (jr.), Lizzie Rutkowski (soph.)

2017 WBL finish: 3-6 in league matches, sixth in tournament and overall.

2017 postseason: No district qualifiers.

Coach’s outlook: This season we return four varsity letter winners, three of which were first time winners a year ago. We lost our first singles player Emma Verville and one half of our second doubles team (Grace Kline) from last year. We look to drastically improve from a season ago. and our sights are set on a top five WBL finish. One of our biggest bright spots from last season, our first doubles team of Kline and Moonshower return after a top four finish in the WBL a year ago. We have an exciting mix of returning junior varsity and first time players fighting for our second doubles spot, and a healthy competition amongst returning letter winners and first JV alternates for our first, second, and third singles spots. Overall, we have a great group of girls who love the sport, enjoy being around one another, and are looking to turn some heads in WBL this season. Which fits perfectly with our team motto this year “take care of the team and the team will take care of you.”

Wapakoneta

Division I

Coach: Ray Gillespie (second season)

Returning letter winners: Madison Schroeder (sr.), Madison Snider (soph.), Ellie Schroyer (soph.), Alyssa Good (soph.), Casey Minnig (soph.).

Top prospects: Jessica Davis (sr.), Makenzie Schroeder (fr.), Brooke Mullen (sr.), Brooke Hunter (soph.), Mara Stiles (fr.)

2017 WBL finish: 7-2 league matches, third in tournament and overall.

2017 postseason: Makayla and Madison Schroeder qualified for districts with third place Division I doubles sectional finish.

Coach’s analysis: We lost two talented seniors from last year’s squad that played first and third singles so we have some big shoes to fill in those spots. We are a very young team that will see four sophomores and a couple freshmen play regularly. Our girls have been working hard since the end of last year’s season to get better, and I believe we can compete for a league championship if we continue to show the improvements we have made throughout the winter and summer. Five of our girls played varsity last year on a squad that went 12-3 overall. We are hoping to improve on that record this year. Madison Schroeder was terrific for us last year at second singles, and I expect her to have a special year at first singles this year. We have a lot of talent at the other positions as well but being so young, we still need more match experience.

Others

Bluffton

Division II

Coach: Kristi Owsley

2017 postseason: Lucie Fett reached sectional quarterfinals in singles.

Lima Central Catholic

Division II

2017 record: 18-2

Returning letter winners: Olivia Kesner (jr.), Anna Janowski (jr.), Madie Brinkman (jr.), Morgan Chaney (soph.), Ally Oravitz (soph.), Nicole Patricio-Agosto (soph.).

Top prospects: Cameron Guagenti (sr.), Carrie Heider (fr.), Noah Nuesmyer (fr.).

2017 postseason: Kesner qualified for districts with second place finish at Division II sectional in singles. Brinkman and 2018 graduate Maddie Moore advanced to districts with second place in sectional doubles.

Coach’s analysis: I am anticipating that we will have a successful year. We have a number of talented returning letter winners, and they are eager to play.

Lima Senior

Division I

Coach: Diane French

2017 Three Rivers Athletic Conference finish: 0-7 in conference matches, eighth in tournament and overall. Yessenia Alvarez and Taylor Orlando earned honorable mention all-conference honors.

2017 postseason: No district qualifiers.

Kunmi Ojo is among six varsity letter winners back for Shawnee this season. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
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