The Slinger girls tennis team returns more than half of its lineup from a season ago.
It’s a good starting point for coach Steve Anderson.
“We have six players back with considerable varsity experience and a seventh with some varsity exposure,” Anderson said. “So on paper, that is a good thing.”
Coming back for the Owls is Anna Breuer, Katie Kirsch, Jessi Lambo, Kacie O’Hearn, Kayla Remmel, Taylor Rhodes and Alex Schmoldt.
“We will essentially be looking to replace three singles players from last season and will also be looking for one more doubles team,” Anderson said.
The remaining roster spots could be filled by nearly a dozen other players throughout the year. Anderson lists freshman Jamie Rhodes, along with upperclassmen Jamie Blando, Joscelyn Brennan, Heather Campbell, Kayla Jeffords, Abby Kalina, Ellie Kalina, Madeline Kroll, Anna
Peterson, Makenna Erickson, Becca Richardson, Lauren Ewing, Caitlin Schlicht, and Lindsey Villarreal as all possibilities to fill the varsity lineup.
“Some returning varsity folks will be asked to play in new spots or we will have newcomers to the varsity,” Anderson said. “Either way, we’ll have some work to do.”
Anderson notes that however the lineup shakes out, it needs to be a quick learning curve to remain competitive within the conference. The Owls did have success in various parts of last season.
“As always, the North Shore Conference brings extreme challenges, but we did a nice job of finding successes in a lot of ways last year — some inside the conference schedule and some outside, including the postseason,” Anderson said.
As good of shape as Slinger is in, Germantown looks to be in an even better situation.
The Warhawks return nearly their full lineup from a season ago — the most successful in the program’s history.
“We return nine players from a varsity team that set the record for most dual wins in a season,” Germantown coach Vinny Daniels said. “Many of our kids have been on varsity since their freshman or sophomore season.
The Warhawks bring back four players who enter their fourth varsity season — Melina Kopischkie, Maddie Ryczek, Annie Mao and Ashley Pallan. Anna Wiza, Megan Stewart and Ally Holtebeck all begin their third season on varsity.
Courtney Masarik and Sammy Neinas also return from last year’s varsity squad.
Kopischkie, Ryczek and Wiza will once again be atop the lineup.
“The team will be led by Melina Kopischkie, who qualified for state last season,” Daniels said. “Maddie Ryczek (No. 2 singles) has had two 20-win seasons, Anna Wiza (No. 3 singles) had 18 wins last year and Ashley Pallan and Annie Mao will bolster our doubles lineup at 1 doubles.”
Senior Rachel Stapelman, along with juniors Jenna Konzal and Gabrielle Haensgen, look to see varsity action throughout the season as well after the Warhawks lost just two varsity players from last year.
“The losses of Josie Coulthurst (No. 2 doubles) and Jasmine Nakum (No. 3 doubles) to graduation will hurt, but we have a lot of kids who have put in hours to make up for it,” Daniels said.
Germantown’s Melina Kopischkie qualified for the state tournament last season and returns at the Warhawks’ No. 1 singles player.