March 15th, 2013

Tennis capsules

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

Tennis capsules
Caitlin Hanley has graduated after winning the doubles title with English last season / photo submitted by Kristen English


Team: Assumption

  • Head coach: Spencer Moorman.
  • Last year’s finish: 10-7 record.
  • Key players returning: Abbie Mather (made All-State team), Hallie Pennington and Carolyn Morris (made it to the round of 16).

Outlook: With Pennington and Morris, the Rockets are hopeful of retaking the state title.

Team: Bethlehem

  • Head coach: Lynn Hamilton (second season).
  • Last year’s finish:  4-8 record. Won Midland Conference Tournament.
  • Key players lost:  None.
  • Key players returning: Asuka Sekiguchi, Abby Moore, Hannah Rogers. Charley Haydon, Kaila Coots.

Outlook: With everybody back, Bethlehem should be competitive.

Team: Holy Cross

  • Head coach: John Wood (fourth season).
  • Key players lost: Three seniors.
  • Key players returning: Rachel Young, Abby Ellis, Alley Kuerzi.

Outlook:  Young led the Cougars last year with a 5-3 record. Kuerzi looks to improve after winning two matches in 2012, her first year of playing tennis for Holy Cross.  Senior Brittany Bernhagen is new to the team and hopes to provide a spark.

School: Mercy

  • Head coach: Ryane Smith (first year).
  • Last year’s finish: 5-8 record.
  • Key players lost:  Candace Clark, Jenna Kurtz, Bethany Just, Katelin Raque.
  • Key returning players: Danielle Yancey, Kate Jakoby, Elizabeth Greer, Abbie Higgins, Brittany Snook.

Outlook: The Jaguars lost several contributing seniors for the second consecutive year, so this will be another rebuilding year. Mercy will expect improvement though; this year's small senior class will receive support from a strong group of juniors and sophomores. Smith also is very optimistic about the incoming freshmen and hopes to be competitive in the strong Seventh Region.

Team: Presentation

  • Head coach:  Meg Shonkwiler (first season as head coach).
  • Last year’s finish: 9-4 record.
  • Key players returning: Kelsey O’Bryan, Sr.; Ellie Smith, Sr.; Olivia Wagner, Sr.; Kelly Schneider, Sr.; Ellen Denham, Jr.

Outlook: The Toppers expect an exciting season, especially with the return of O’Bryan, a two-time state tournament participant. She received the 2012 USTA Sportsmanship award and advanced to the second round of the state tournament.  Almost all of the doubles-team members who competed in last year’s regional tournament are back, including Smith, Wagner, Schneider and Denham. 

Team: Sacred Heart

  • Head coach: Kristen English (fifth season as a head coach or assistant).
  • Last year’s finish: Lost to Lone Oak in the semifinals of the state tournament. Caitlin Hanley and Katherine English won the state doubles title for second year in a row. No. 2 doubles team (Erin MacMillan and Mary Elaine Kuo) lost in the semifinals. No. 1 singles player (Caroline Walter) fell in the quarterfinals.
  • Key players lost: Hanley (playing at Bellarmine).
  • Key players returning: English, Walter, MacMillan, Kuo. Other strong players are Abbey MacMillan, Sydney Thompson and sophomore Ashley Hammons.

Outlook: Sacred Heart hopes to win the team state title, and Walter and the doubles teams want to advance deeper into in the tournament. English said some very strong players, such as Hammons and MacMillan, have improved quite a bit.


Team: Bethlehem

  • Head coach:  Lynn Hamilton (second season).
  • Last year’s finish: 5-8. 
  • Key players lost:  Riley Coots, Barrett Greenwell, Adam Dant, Trent Kramer.
  • Key players returning:  Ezra Surtees, Adam Rogers.

Outlook: Bethlehem will try to cope with the loss of four seniors from last year’s team.

Team: DeSales

  • Head coach: Mike Ayersman (second season).
  • Last year’s finish: 4-5 record.
  • Key player lost: Johnathan Gardner.
  • Key players returning: Nick Davis, Stephen Osbourn, Greg Reilly, Brandon Ryan, Justin Adwell.

Outlook: Ayersman said the Colts “will be very competitive. Our young players were able to get a lot of experience last year, which will benefit us this year.”

School: Holy Cross

  • Head coach: John Wood (fourth season).
  • Last year’s record: N/A.
  • Key players lost: None.
  • Key players returning: Eric Mackin, Derrick Davis.

Outlook: Wood is expecting improvement with Mackin (4-2 record last year) and Davis back. Alex Lukeas, a freshman, should play a key role.

Team: St. Xavier

  • Head coach: Kerry Lancaster (sixth season).
  • Last year’s finish: Won state tournament team championship. Also had the singles winner and runner-up, and both doubles teams were semifinalists.
  • Key players lost: Alex Gornet, Joe Siami, Daniel Miller.
  • Key players returning: Sean Donohue (singles champ), Brandon Lancaster (No. 66-ranked sophomore in the country), Parker Thieneman (doubles semifinalist), Zachary Kuo (two-time doubles semifinalist).

Outlook: The Tigers look to challenge other teams in several big national tourneys. Also on the line is their fifth straight state team championship. Lancaster hopes to produce the singles and doubles champions.  

Team: Trinity

  • Head coach: Chris Mather (fourth season).
  • Last year’s finish:  Region champion, sectional runner-up. Doubles team of Emerson Walsh/Randy Strause state finalist.   
  • Key player lost:  Tommy Ruggiero.
  • Key players returning: Emerson Walsh, Randy Strause, Tanner,Love, Mustafa Gardezi, Chris Deam, Austin Strause, Bryce Liston.

Outlook: With a senior-laden lineup, the Rocks will try to win their region for the fourth consecutive year before they walk into their yearly battle with St. X for state supremacy.


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