Note:-S–singles,-D–doubles,-Sr.–senior, jr.–junior,-So.–sophomore, fr.–freshman
CAPITAL AREA ACTIVITES CONFERENCE (CAAC) BLUE
Coaches’ predictions: 1. Okemos, 2. East Lansing, 3. Grand Ledge, 4. Holt, 5. Jackson, T-6. Everett, Eastern, 8. Sexton
Top players: Emily Struble (Okemos), Catherine Wingrove (Okemos), Monika Francsics (Okemos), Kylie Wilkinson (Okemos), Kitt Sharp (Grand Ledge), Kirsten Smith (Eastern).
Last year: 3rd
Coach: Cosette Buckberry (2nd season)
Top returning players: Isabella Ndlebe (jr.-S), Bree O’Neal (sr.-D), Molly Ring (sr.-D), Amna Ahmad (jr.-D), Caroline Baidoon (jr.-S), Eliana Kaplowitz (jr.-S/D), Stephanie Vanis (jr.-S/D)
Other contributors: Valery Gomez (jr.-D), Celeste Rubino (so.-S)
Outlook: The Trojans are looking to successfully rebuild after losing seven seniors from a team that finished eighth in Division 2 last season.
Last year: 6th
Coach: David Richter (1st season)
Top returning players: Kirsten-Smith (sr.-1S), Maoyao Yang (sr.-2S), Jerissa Owens (jr.-1D), Delaney Miller (sr.-1D), Azalea Lundy (so.-2D)
Other contributors: Meng-Yun Kuo (sr.), Lauren-Sinclair (sr.), Gaona Yang (fr.), Rylee Wolfe (fr.)
Outlook: Smith is the most experienced of the five returning players that will lead an Eastern team driven by underclassmen.
Coach: Judy Kramer (3rd season)
Top returning players: Emily Barshaw (sr.-D), KeAnte Thompson (sr.-D), Rama Hoskins (sr.-D), Makayla Gleason (sr.-S),-Sabrina Wallace (jr.-D), Arlexia Bernard (jr.-D), Alivia Pulido (jr.-D), Briana Monroe (so-D).
Other contributers: Jae’lyn McClain (so.-S), Abigail Johnson (sr.-S).
Outlook: The Vikings return an entire lineup of seasoned players that have helped develop novice teammates. Kramer says the enthusiam is growing for her program.
Last year: 2nd
Coach: Mike Richey (10th season)
Top returning players: Kitt-Sharp (jr.-S), Kiara Berry (jr.-S/D), Berni Garibay (jr.-S/D), Ivanna Mendoza (sr.-S/D), Jenna Riekse (jr.-D)
Other contributors: Camila Gomezjurado (sr.-S/D)
Outlook: The Comets have many new faces on their team this season that Richey says are full of energy and eager to help Grand Ledge remain among the top teams in the conference.
Last year: 4th
Coach: Russ Olcheske (1st season)
Top returning players: Rose Harris-Makinen (sr.-1S), Tracy Edelman (sr.-2S), Abby-Daman (jr.-3S), Hannah Whiteman (so.-1D),-Destinee Anderson (so.), Jennifer Tran (sr.), Olivia Martin (so.)
Other contributors: Kylie Karsey (jr.), Madison-David (so.), Amanda Perry (so.), Ryan Taber (jr.), Katherine-Siller (sr.)
Outlook: Harris-Makinen is returning at No. 1 singles and is expected to be one of the top players for a Rams team that hopes to finish in the upper half of the CAAC Blue.
Last year: 1st
Coach: Lisa Semerly (2nd season)
Top returning players: Emily Struble (sr.), Catherine Wingrove (sr.), Kylie Wilkinson (jr.), Monica Francsics (so.)
Outlook: The Chiefs finished fifth in Division 2 a year ago and also won CAAC Blue and regional titles. Struble, Wingrove, Francsics and Wilkinson are returning all-area players for Okemos.
Coaches’ predictions: 1. Haslett, 2. Mason, 3. DeWitt, 4. St. Johns, 5. Waverly, 6. Owosso
Top players: Olivia Hanover (Mason), Hannah Vogelsang (Haslett), Allison Grandfield (Haslett)
Last year: 2nd
Coach: Susan Bailey (20th season)
Top returning players: Sarah Barry (sr.), Julie Davis (sr.), Cecelia Hunter (jr.), Elise Ostrander (jr.)
Top newcomers: Kara Johnson (fr.), Meri Kolemainen (fr.)
Outlook: The Panthers have a team featuring several young and inexperienced match players and will work toward improving throughout the season and finishing near the top of the league.
Last year: 1st (5-0)
Coach: Henry Brunnschweiler (15th season)
Top returning players: Hannah Vogelsang (jr.-1S), Allison Grandfield (sr.-2S), Brooke Hartsuff (sr.-3S), Mary Kate Martell (sr.-1D), Claire Cowan (jr.-1D), Emma Krueger (sr.-D), Kendyl Rosenbaum (sr.-D), Kourtnee-DaFoe (sr.-D)
Other contributors: Macy MacKay (sr.-D), Allison Choi (jr.-D), Renni Chernich (sr.-D), Anjani Raja (fr.), Anuva-Suresh (fr.),-Sophie Vogelsang (fr.)
Outlook: Vogelsang and Grandfield are returning all-area players at single, while Martell and Cowan will lead the doubles lineup for a Vikings team that hopes to again contend in the CAAC Red. Vogelsang is in her first season at No. 1 singles.
Last year: Tied-1st (5-0-1)
Coach: Jim D’Angelo (7th season)
Top returning players: Olivia Hanover (so.),-Samantha Perkins (jr.), Maddie Rydahl (sr.), Allie Rochon (sr.), Claire LaFleur (so.),-Dana Winkler (sr.), Olivia Fassezke (sr.), Caitlin Bergeon (sr.), Hannah Faupel (sr.)
Other contributors: Gigi Padalec (fr.), Mallory Mathews (fr.), Athena Bryar (fr.)
Outlook: The Bulldogs have nine all-league players returning and will look to grow as a team and play its best tennis at the end of the season.
Last year: 6th (0-5-3)
Coach: Carrie Rugenstein (7th season)
Top returning players: Casadi Smith (sr.-1S), Grace Rice (sr.-2S), Alicia Trevino (sr.-1D), Ellie Rolison (jr.), Hannah Marcotte (jr.-4S).
Other contributors: Lily Meyer (so.), Mylissa Mackenzie (so.), Maddy Ellis (jr.)
Outlook: The Trojans will have a more experienced team this season and hope for an improved season. Smith and Rice are in their third year as part of the varsity program and lead the returners. Smith was the team’s most improved player last year.
Last year: t-2nd
Coach: Karl Hanover (3rd season)
Top returning players: Allie Marier (sr.-1S), Meredith Robbins (sr.-2S), Josie Sillman (sr.-4D)
Other contributors: Brooke Mazzolini (jr.), Jessica Hafner (jr.)
Outlook: The Redwings have few experienced players on this year’s team and will work toward making progress during the sesaon.
Coaches predictions: 1. Lansing Catholic, T-2. Portland, Williamston, T-4. Fowlerville, Ionia, 6. Eaton Rapids.
Top players: Calla Ramont (Lansing Catholic), Sabrina Spagnuolo (Lansing Catholic) , Chelsea Geiger (Portland), Sydni Greenhoe (Portland), Peyton Lowery (Portland), Sara Daavettila (Williamston)
Last year: 4th
Coach: Ryan Anderson (9th season)
Top returning players: Mikayla Herig (sr.), Halle DeCamp (sr.), Taylor Maguire (sr.), Jade Rodriguez (sr.), Gabby Jones (jr.), Katelynn Jackson (jr.)
Top newcomers: Mauriah Weller (sr.), Tessa Villanueva (sr.), Erinna Toodizio (sr.)
Outlook: The Greyhounds have a solid core of returning athletes and working toward being competitive in a tough league.
Last year: 4th
Coach: Jim Jonas (4th season)
Top returning players: Cecilia Bronsberg (sr.-1S), Madison Gilbert (sr.-2S), Rachael Peckens (sr.–3S), Ashley Towe (jr.-4S), Madison Baldwin (sr.-1D), Haven Ellis (sr.-1D), Kayla-Schulte (sr.-2D), Jamie Ferraiuolo (sr.-2D)
Outlook: Singles should be a strength with all four spots returning for the Gladiators. Doubles depth is a concern, but continued improvement will be a key in Fowlerville’s success.
Last year: 2-1-1
Coach: Jimmy Joyce (3rd season)
Top returning players: Calla Ramont (sr.), Andrea Fischette (sr.), Rachel Knox (sr.), Katie Bullock (sr.), Sabrina Spagnuolo (sr.), Monica Davis (jr.), Grace Mohr (jr.)
Top newcomers: Jaclyn Walling (fr.), Grace Castle (fr.)
Outlook: The Cougars return four players that captured regional titles last season and that includes a state finalist in Ramont. Joyce believes his singles and doubles flights are strong and thinks anything is possible this season for his team.
Last year:-1st (5-0-1)
Coach: Jim Niebling (18th season)
Top returning players: Lysie Eldridge (sr.-2S), Chelsea Geiger (sr.-3S),-Sydni Greenhoe (jr.-4S), Peyton Lowery (jr.-1D), Michelle-Dorshimer (so.-3D), Brooke Butterfield (so.-4D), Morgan Wittkopp (so.-4D)
Other contributors: Madison Brennen (jr.), Juliet Kenyon (sr.), Leah Goering (jr.), Hayley Feldpausch (jr.)
Outlook: The Raiders have good leadership from captains Eldridge and Geiger and will rely on its good depth to be successful. Niebling believes good things are possible if his team works hard and gets a little luck along the way.
Coach: Nate Schwarzbek (1st season)
Top returning players: Sara Daavettila (jr.-1S), Sydney Ellsworth (so.-2S), Maia Guenther (so.-3S), Madison Gardner (sr.-1D), Taylor Keip (sr.-1D), Jewell Allen (sr.-2D), Kenzie Hajdu (sr.-2D), Emily Pell (jr.-3D).
Other contributors: Ellie Couterier (sr.-4D), Avrie Herrera (sr.-4D)
Last year: 5th (3-5-0 TVC West)
Coach: Becky Hartman (10th season)
Top returning players: Courtney Gantz (sr.-1S), Hannah Andrews (sr.-2S).
Other contributers: Brianna Freed (sr.-1D), Hannah Bowen (1D).
Outlook: Despite a team that features five returning seniors and a junior, half of their team is new to the sport and Hartman expects it to be a learning season that will also feature some success.
Last year: (5-4)
Coach: Martin-Snoap (43rd season)
Top returning players: Valory Altoft (so.-1/2S), Kendra-Stoepker (so.-1/2S), Ellie Haskin (jr.-1D), Issie Haskin (jr.-1D), Olivia MacDonald (sr.-2/3D), Gracie Shellenbarger (sr.-2/3D), Anela Binkowski (sr.-2/3D), Morgan Kenney (jr.-2/3D)
Other contributors: Mary Haskin (fr.), Ahley Maag (jr.), Allison Thelen (jr.), Erica Potter (fr.), Katie Hanson (fr.)
Outlook: Ellie and Issie Haskin are identical twins and will lead Lakewood’s double tandems, while Altoft and Stoepker will be the top singles players.
Last year: (5-2)
Coach: Dick Winters (8th season)
Top returning players: Lydia Granger (sr.), Grace Haley (so.), Kelsey Blood (sr.), Callie Mounsey (sr.), Yido (Eden) Wen (jr.),-Deborah Cordill (jr.), Hannah Anderson (sr.), Natalie Wessels (sr.),-Debbie-Sung (so.), Jasmine Imes (so.), Kaelin Royce (so.), Izzie Meunier (jr.),-Drew-Schooley (so.)
Other contributors: Hudson Foote (sr.), Allison Woodland (so.), Maria-Salow (fr.)
Outlook: It will be a building season for the Pilgrims, but a young and determined team expects to have success and has 13 returning players.
Last year: 8th
Coach: Dean Baker (2nd season)
Top returning players: Ashley Medcoff (sr.-1S),-Darby Fracassa (sr.-2D), Taylor Gibbs (sr.-2D),-Samantha Kunkel (sr.), Cera Locke (sr.),-Danielle Hook (so.)
Outlook: Leslie has 11 returners and 23 players total and expects to be a league contender. Medcoff went undefeated in regular season play last season at No. 1 single and will be a leader for Leslie.
Last year: 0-7-2
Coach: Miriah Lintemuth (3rd season) and Kathleen Miller (1st season)
Top returning players: Leah Batora (jr.-1S), Danyelle Frink (sr.-1D), Grace Samson (sr.-1D), Emma Phillipson (jr.-2D)
Top newcomers: Teodora Davidovic (sr.-2S), Emma Samson (fr.-2D)
Outlook: Ovid-Elsie has experienced players returning on its top singles and doubles team and will try to help the team make progress.
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— Katie Fay, Kacy Kobakof, Erik Stiem