Prep girls' tennis team preview capsules

Prep girls' tennis team preview capsules


Prep girls' tennis team preview capsules


Fox Valley Association


Coach: Scott Burt (third season).

Home court: Appleton North High School.

Top prospects: Natalie Sheu, Catie Edmondson, Morgan Reichardt, Katelyn Lueck, Whitney Ryan, Taylor Stirm.

Top newcomers: Megha Uberoi, Maya Murzello, Esther Roselaar, Julia Lammers, Emma Kohl, Matha Koenig.

Outlook: Three-time state qualifier Kelly Stymiest has graduated, but the Lightning have strength in numbers this season as they strive for a top-half finish in the Fox Valley Association.

Coach’s comment: “We have a large team, which will make for great competition during tryouts and will hopefully push our girls to achieve to their highest potential. It will be difficult for us this year to fill the shoes of Kelly Stymiest, a three-time state qualifier who graduated last year. Everybody will have to step it up a notch or two this year if we want to continue to be successful in the FVA.”


Coach: Paul Endter (eighth season).

Home court: Appleton West High School.

Top prospects: Nikki Bouzek, Sr.; Hannah Dolezal, Sr.; Alexandra Hanssen, Sr.; Tamara Jarvi, Sr.; Megan Livingston, Sr.; Rebecca Sartori, Sr.; Kelly Weldon, Sr.; Mary Ketter, Jr.; Sarah Mueller, Jr.; Savannah Snelling, Jr.; Alexa Curtis, So.; Sunitha Doreuvelu, So.; Claudia Meyers, So.; Skylar Orozco, So.; Grace Ourada, So.; Emily Snelson, So.; Cassidy Welhouse, So.

Outlook: The Terrors will be looking for continued improvement as the season goes on as they return seven players from last year’s squad. Those returning include Bouzek, Sartori, Ketter, Snelling, Curtis, Meyers and Ourada.

Coach’s comment: “We continue to develop players each season. As we figure out who is going to play singles and who will play doubles, I will have a better idea of how we will do in conference play this season. My hope is that we have a good showing and finish the season strong.”


Coach: Kelly Van Handel (second season).

Home court: Neenah High School.

Top prospects: Jenny Price, Jr.; Katherine Bosio, Sr.

Outlook: The Rockets again have a lot of talent and should battle for the top spot in the Fox Valley Association once again.

Coach’s comment: “Our team had a lot of depth last year and I’m thinking we will have that as another strength this coming season. We had four players qualify for the individual state tournament and, as a team, we earned our way to the team state tournament for the first time in four years. I’m excited for another great upcoming season with much success.”

Wisconsin Combined


Coach: Ben Stern (third season).

Home court: Fox Valley Lutheran High School.

Top prospects: Danielle Voss, Jr.; Elise Bejvan, So.; Merritt Jezwinski, Sr.; Abbie Asendorf, So.; Mara Mindock, Sr.; Abby Schlafer, Jr.; Lindsey Wichman, Jr.; Dana Sickinger, Sr.; Emily Bjorklund, Sr.; Rachel Hildeman, Sr.

Outlook: The Foxes graduated a lot of experience from last year, but Stern said an upbeat attitude has FVL poised for a solid season.


Co-coaches: CJ Jumes and Rick Jandl (first season).

Home court: St. Francis Xavier Middle School.

Top prospects: Bridget Flaherty, Sr.; Megan DuBois, junior; Alyssa Carew, So.; Marissa Walsh, So.

Outlook: The Hawks return a wealth of talent, including state qualifier Walsh, and expect to challenge in the Wisconsin Combined Tennis Conference.

Coach’s comment: “Rick and I are ecstatic to be coaching tennis at Xavier and looking forward to the season,” Jumes said. “Rick is a longtime tennis enthusiast and eager to share his love for the game, and I am a Xavier alum (2008), having been to the state tournament several times.”

Eastern Wisconsin


Coach: Tom LaFountain (seventh season).

Home court: Chilton High School.

Top prospects: Ashley Pagel, Sr.; Shawna Weber, Sr.; Nataslie Woelfel, Sr.

Top newcomers: Katie Schwobe, Sr.; Karlee Tesser, Jr.

Outlook: Manitowoc Roncalli and Plymouth are expected to challenge for the conference championship, but the Tigers expect to finish in the top half of the league standings.

Coach’s comment: “We will be very competitive at No. 1 and 2 singles. Doubles is a work in progress. Overall, we have a good balance of experience and youth. Many of our young players have some varsity experience. Depth is one of our strong points, so we should do well near the bottom of the lineup.”

— Compiled by Dan Kohn: 920-993-1000, ext. 305, or; On Twitter @PCDanKohn

— Appleton East, Menasha, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Clintonville, New London and St. Mary Central did not return their questionnaires.


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