Girls tennis preview: District qualifiers back for Bluffton

Each of the area four girls high school tennis teams have had some success during the first week of the season.
The prep tennis season opened Friday and already Bluffton, Fostoria, Upper Sandusky and Ottawa-Glandorf have won matches.
Bluffton features the top returning players in seniors Katie Wright and Lucie Fett. The two qualified for last year’s Division II district tournament as a doubles team.
In the Pirates’ 5-0 win over Lima Shawnee, Wright played No. 1 singles while Fett was at No. 2 singles.
Numbers have been a problem for Fostoria in the past. It won’t be this season ad third-year coach Yvette Anez has 11 girls on the team. There are also solid numbers with plenty of veteran players back for the Rams and Titans as well.

HEAD COACH: Kristi Owsley (3rd year).
2016 RECORD: Not available.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Katie Wright, sr.; Lucie Fett, sr.; Erin Hotmire, soph.; Amelia Mitchell, jr.; Raychel Avila, jr.; Caity Zimmerman, jr.; Emma Klinger, jr.; Erin Hotmire, soph.
TOP PROSPECTS: Not available.
NOTABLE: Bluffton has returning players at all three singles spots and both doubles teams this season. Wright and Fett qualified for districts in 2016 as a doubles team.

HEAD COACH: Yvette Anez (3rd year, 4-34).
2016 RECORD: 4-14.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jennaleigh McCumber, jr., singles, 6-17; Khyra Baeder, jr., doubles, 11-12; Naija Miller, jr., doubles, 8-14; Rubi Dessausure, soph., doubles, 8-9.
TOP PROSPECTS: Larai Williams, sr.; Maddison Freeman, sr.; Tonique Jones, jr.; Shanelle Smith, jr.; Mya Weimerskirch, soph.; Imani Velasquez, soph.; Abrianna Swartz, soph.
NOTABLE: Fostoria should be more competitive this season. Anez has four solid letterwinners back. With the addition of seven newcomers, numbers won’t be a problem for the Redmen as it has in the past.

HEAD COACH: Brian Barhorst (5th year).
2016 RECORD: 9-7/5th in Western Buckeye League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Mariah Schroeder, jr., singles; Lindsey Schneeg, jr., doubles; Chelsea Podraski, jr., doubles; Addie Schmiedebusch, soph., doubles.
TOP PROSPECTS: Emma Schmiedebusch; Hope Wischmeyer; Natasha Valdez; Julie Boca.
NOTABLE: Schroeder was fifth for the Titans in last year’s WBL Tournament at No. 2 singles.

Upper Sandusky
HEAD COACH: Aaron Frazee (2nd year, 14-2).
2016 RECORD: 14-2.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Mady West, sr., 9-6 record; Jodi Smalley, jr., 11-4; Mara Smalley, soph., 10-3.
TOP PROSPECTS: Sydney Schryer, sr.; Danielle Conigy, sr.; Samantha Fagan, sr.; Abby Davidson, jr.; Lyndsey McQuown, fr.
NOTABLE: Frazee likes his varsity lineup but the Rams don’t have much experience with just three returning players.


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