By DAVE HANNEMAN
Findlay High School girls tennis coach Sean Swisher didn’t have to memorize many new names and faces this summer.
That’s because the 2014 lineup for the Trojans has a near identical look to the 2013 version.
Some positions have changed but the top seven players will be the same as a year ago when the Trojans open their season today in a nonleague match at Lima Shawnee.
“Corrine Hoffman, who played No. 2 singles last year, is now No. 1. And Savannah Hosey, who was No. 1, is now No. 2,” Swisher said.
“But the future looks bright because we have all seven starters returning.”
Findlay won six of its last eight matches in 2013 to finish 8-11 overall and 2-5 in Three Riovers Athletic Conference matches.
Hoffman and Hosey were both second-team all-TRAC selections. Findlay’s No. 1 doubles team of Emma Miller and Erin Bosse, who won their division of the Ashland Invitational last fall, were honorable mention all-TRAC and honorable mention allNorthwest District after reaching the Division I district.
Camryn Hessling returns at No. 3 singles. Also back is Findlay’s No. 2 double steam of Jenna Burget and Rachelle Crow.
Findlay’s lineup will undergo some changes, but not just yet. Alex Little has earned the No. 3 singles spot through challenge matches, but Ohio High School Athletic Association regulations state the senior, who transferred to Findlay from Lexington, must sit out half of the season before becoming eligible.
Little’s eligibility should strengthen Findlay’s team by adding Hessling’s competition to the mix at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.
Swisher pointed to Toledo Notre Dame as a heavy favorite to once again win the TRAC championship. As deep and veteran as Findlay is, Notre Dame is just as loaded.
“They have their whole team back,” Swisher said. “They have three state qualifiers back, probably the three best players in the district.”
Notre Dame’s doubles team of Aicia Nahhas, a junior this fall, and senior Teagan McNamara, qualified for the state tournament last fall, went 2-2 in four matches and placed fourth. The Eagles’ Nina Eid, a senior, also qualified for state in singles.
Findlay’s home opener will be Friday with Sylvania Northview. The Trojans will take part in the Norwalk Invitational on Saturday, then will host Toledo Notre Dame on Tuesday at the FHS Courts.
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