Area Girls Tennis Preview: Ada off to a strong start

In just its second year as a varsity program, Scott Wills’ girls tennis team at Ada is already off to a fast start.

With just a few days of the season in the books, the Bulldogs have won four straight matches, with three shutout wins coming over the past two days.

He’s getting the improvement he expected as Ada returns eight letterwinners from last year’s team including junior Mackenzie Wills, who led the team with a 9-6 record at No. 1 singles last season.

Ottawa-Glandorf leads the list of area teams with six returning players. Upper Sandusky and Bluffton both have four players returning.

Fostoria has five returning players this season and a new coach. Chad Krukemyer was hired just last week to take over the girls tennis program at the school.

Ada
HEAD COACH: Scott Wills (2nd year, 6-6).
2013 RECORD: 6-6.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Olivia Gonder, jr.; Alex James, jr.; Cheyenne Wells, jr.; Mackenzie Wills, jr.; Hailey Maier, soph.; Meredith Marshall, soph.; Libbie Milks, soph.; Meredith Morgan, soph.
TOP PROSPECTS: Tessa Coulson, sr.; Quinn High, sr.; Paige Hopson, soph.; Shelby Higgins, fr.; Calle Young, fr.
NOTABLE: The Bulldogs gained some valuable experience as a first-year program last year. Mackenzie Wills is back after posting a solid 9-6 record at No. 1 singles last year. Meredith Marshall (8-6 at singles) and Libbie Milks (8-4 at doubles) and Meredith Morgan (7-6 at doubles) also recorded winning marks last season for the Bulldogs.

Bluffton
HEAD COACH: Mike Hilty (1st year).
2013 RECORD: 7-8.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Maggie Fett, sr.; Julianne Hotmire, soph.; Brielle Hamilton, jr.; Sara Bertke, jr.
TOP PROSPECTS: Not available.
NOTABLE: Hilty takes over the program at Bluffton this season. He’ll have four returning starters in his lineup this season and has solid numbers with 13 players on his roster.

Fostoria
HEAD COACH: Chad Krukemyer (1st year).
2013 RECORD: 2-12.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Autumn Affholder, jr.; Ellen Guan, sr.; Jessica Kauffman, soph.; Sabra Tate, soph.; Destinie Farris, jr.
TOP PROSPECTS: Not available.
NOTABLE: Krukemyer was hired shortly before the season to take over as the new girls tennis coach at the school. Affholder played in the No. 1 spot for the Redmen in the team’s 5-0 season-opening loss to Ada on Tuesday.

Ottawa-Glandorf
2013 RECORD: 3-10/9th in Western Buckeye League.
HEAD COACHES: Jill Welch & Brian Barhorst (2nd year).
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Tiffany Kahle, jr.; Alexa Haselman, soph.; Erin Hageman, soph.; Mary Beth Potthoff, sr.; Lauren Schneeg, jr.; Kristen Ellerbrock, soph.
TOP PROSPECTS: Not available.
NOTABLE: Last year, the Titans had just one veteran player back, this year there are six players back with significant varsity experience. Look for Ottawa-Glandorf to climb a few rungs up the ladder this season in the Western Buckeye League.

Upper Sandusky
HEAD COACH: Angie Miller (3rd year, 11-24).
2013 RECORD: 5-12/3rd in North Central Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Nadia English, jr.; Kayla Gault, jr.; Rene Vent, jr.; Hope Voorhees, jr.
TOP PROSPECTS: Nicole Bell, jr.; Amanda Dierkes, jr.; Shelby Passett, jr.; Carli Pinion, jr.; Paige Burger, soph.; Rachel Crawford, soph.; Sara Gier, soph.; Jamie Gottfried, soph.; Delany McQuown, soph; Samantha Pryor, soph.; Abigail Rothm soph; Jasper Stertzbach, soph.; Danielle Conigy, fr.; Samantha Fagan, fr.; Laura Stauffer, fr.; Madyson West, fr.; Hannah Ziegler, fr.
NOTABLE: English will again be the No. 1 player in the Rams’ lineup. Miller expects the program to take another step forward this season with plenty of competition for starting spots in the lineup.

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