Head coach: Jim Dunleavy (fifth season) Last year: 8-5, 8-5 (sixth in SMAC, fourth at SMAC tournament) Athletes to watch: Boys — Logan Van Sickle (Sr.), Justin Ryan (Sr.), Walter
Boys — Jack Browning (Jr.), Charlie Shin (So.), Alex Geckle (Sr.); Girls — Kiya Rodgriguez (So.), Ally Herring (Sr.), Sophia Deeb (So.) Key personnel losses:
Boys — Joel Rodgers; Girls — Maya Kidane Strengths: Serpone, who also directed the girls basketball team to the Class 4A state semifinals in early March, said that the Eagles boast much more experience on the court than a season ago. The seniors provide leadership to the younger players and the team will also feature more athleticism which will help carry them versus other athletic players in the SMAC. Weaknesses: While singles will be
None Paras and Hawkins will be promising singles players for the Spartans, having improved since the end of last season and are eager to step up their regular season performance from a year ago. In doubles, the pairings overall are strong when it comes to covering the court and communicating. There’s a new coaching staff this season and assistant coaches Andrea Young and Stu Upton have been very instrumental during the preseason. Returning players have responded well to the change in the coaching staff and have positively benefited so far from a comprehensive conditioning program as well as overall development of their game and court strategy. Weaknesses: The Spartans have the benefit of being a second-year (16th season) Last year: 3-11, 3-10 (tied for 11th in SMAC with Chopticon, seventh at SMAC tournament) Athletes to watch: Boys — Camden Wade (Sr.), Dylan Workman (Sr.); Girls — Domonique Croons (Sr., All-SMAC, All-County), Dionne Croons (Sr., All-SMAC, All-County) Key personnel losses: Boys — Mustafa Jallow (Jr., transfer); Girls — None Strengths: Parker said that the weather has been good and the team has only missed one practice this far. With good consistent practices, the players have been working real hard to improve on their tennis skills. The Croons sisters will be a strong assets in girls doubles and will be very competitive in their matches and will bring experience to the court. Weaknesses: The Cougars saw new players come out for tennis for the first time ever and have to get adapted to perform in competitive matches. The Last year: Athletes to watch: Boys — Vincent Adams (Sr.), Justin Brawner, Rei Razo (Jr.); Girls — Jasmine Andrade (Sr.), Kylah Davis (Sr.), Cheyenne Barber (Sr.), Edmundo Medel (Sr.), Dynasia Young (Sr.), Key personnel losses: Boys — Ron Contreras; Girls — Maaria Chughtai Strengths: The Wolverines have a young coachable team and a lot of team unity, according to Scott. The freshmen and sophomores are eager to learn how to play the game of tennis as Westlake is building for the future so that it is able to be competitive within the SMAC. Thus far, the players are working hard on and off the court to balance being a student-athlete. Weaknesses: Westlake is striving to get in the winning column after going winless a season ago and the players will transition into learning more about the fundamentals of playing the game of tennis.