• Coach: Michael Interlandi (fourth season)
• Last season: 6-9; lost to South Burlington in Division I playdowns
• This season: 1-0
• Key returnees: Anders Ode, sophomore; Philip Gulick, sophomore; Tommy Higgins, sophomore
• Key newcomers: Elnur Delahmetovic, junior; Alex Dinklage, freshman.
• Outlook: Last year’s young, talented group has a year of experience under its belt and Interlandi is hoping to see some more growth throughout the season. Anders Ode will lead the team at No. 1 singles, but the group should push each other in practice with a lot of parity between the players.
• Up next: Today at Mount Mansfield
• Coach: Frank Babbot (eighth season)
• Last season: 13-3; lost to South Burlington in the Division I semifinals
• Key returnees: George Lomas, sophomore; David Huber, sophomore; William Walker, senior; Ethan Leonard, sophomore
• Key newcomers: Ivan Llona, freshman
• Outlook: With a young group that features very few upperclassmen, Babbot expects to see a lot of improvement out of this group as the season progresses. A group of hard-workers and quick learners, the coach is hoping to see a group that will push the state’s top teams at the end of the season.
• Opener: Today at South Burlington
• Coach: Dave Sharkey (ninth season)
• This season: 0-1
• Key returnees: Luke Liscio, senior; Michael Chambers, senior; Eric Lagerquist, senior.
• Key newcomers: Michael Schick, freshman.
• Outlook: The team’s core will be the its three seniors — Liscio, Chambers and Lagerquist — who will occupy the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 singles spots. Sharkey has spent the last few seasons building up the numbers and, for the second year, has a consistent group that is willing to work hard to improve.
• Up next: Today at Stowe
• Coach: Jim Murphy (16th season)
• Last season: 14-4; lost to Stowe in the D-I semifinals
• Key returnees: Evan Greer, senior; Daniel Ro, senior; Dylan Garcia, senior; Marsh Palin, senior; Matt Wu, senior.
• Key newcomers: Preston Gordon, freshman; Andy Shen, freshman
• Outlook: A team that made it all the way to the semifinals last season has gained another year of experience for its talented senior class. Adding two talented freshman has Murphy excited about the possibilities for the squad. “I am hoping that they can work hard and make each other players in practice,” Murphy said. “And hopefully be playing out best tennis at the end of the season.”
• Opener: Saturday vs. Mount Mansfield
• Coach: Nick deTarnowsky (fourth year)
• Last season: 7-10; lost to Stowe in the Division I quarterfinals
• Key returnees: Matt Ellison, junior; Matt Blow, senior; Eric Antonacci, junior; Colby Antonacci, sophomore; Billy Bruce, sophomore; Espen Petterson, sophomore
• Key newcomers: Jackson Rettew, freshman; Mason Hill, sophomore; Lochlin Neuert, sophomore
• Outlook: Last season, Mount Mansfield made some tennis history, upsetting top-seeded Burr and Burton as the 16-seed in the playoffs. This year, deTarnowsky is hoping to see more improvement from his competitive squad. With freshman Jackson Rattew, a top-rated U-14 player, joining an experienced group the Cougars are excited for the future.
• Up next: Thursday vs. Burlington
• Coach: Damon Fitch (15th season)
• Last season: 4-10
• Key returnees: Erik Olson, senior; Hayden Kjelleren, senior; Cern Byrnn, junior; Matt Case, senior; Matt Buffard, senior
• Key newcomers: Too early to tell
• Outlook: Rice welcomes back most of its squad from last season and hopes that the experienced group can come out winners in some of the closer matches it lost last season, Fitch said. A big goal for the Green Knights this season is aiming for a playoff berth, something the coach said in well within the team’s reach.
• Up next: Today at St. Johnsbury
• Coach: Andrew Samara (fourth season)
• Last season: 20-0; won the Division I state championship
• Key returnees: Jack Graham, senior; James Gregoire, senior; David Manitsky, senior; Elijah Rachlin, senior; Adam Tobey, senior; Marco Cepeda, junior; Clark Deng, junior; Dmitry Lakoba, junior; Gabe Katz, sophomore
• Key newcomers: Trent Newman, sophomore
• Outlook: South Burlington, which won last year’s state title, may have graduated six seniors but the Rebels returned the rest of the championship-winning squad. Samara has the team looking to bring a consistent strong physical and mental game to the court, relying on his seniors to lead the way, as the team looks for a 22nd state title
• Up next: Today vs. Champlain Valley