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Girls tennis preview: A closer look at the eight Capital City teams
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Girls tennis preview: A closer look at the eight Capital City teams

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Girls state tennis, 5.16

Lincoln Pius X's Clare Plachy competes against Lincoln Southeast's Camilla Ibrahimova on during No. 1 singles play at the Class A state tennis tournament in Omaha on May 16, 2019.

Lincoln Southeast seeks to defend its 2019 state championship. Others are looking to make some noise, too.

Christian

Coach: Lisa Van Ostrand.

2019 state finish: eighth (Class B).

Key players: Sasha Glenn, sr.; Alyssa Gove, jr.; Jenna Wiltfong, jr.; Molly Looper, jr.; Sarah Cunningham, jr.; Reese Looper, fr.

Outlook: Wiltfong returns at No. 1 singles after reaching the Round of 16 at state as a freshman, and Gove is back after making the Round of 16 at No. 2 singles as a freshman. Glenn also has state experience.

East

Coach: Chris Stock.

2019 state finish: second.

Key players: Elly Johnsen, sr.; Kristina Le, jr.; Gibsen Chapman, fr.

Outlook: Johnsen and Le teamed up to take third place at the 2019 state meet, and the Spartans have a group of five seniors to lean on for experience and leadership.

Lincoln High

Coach: David Dyson.

2019 state finish: 12th.

Key players: Katie Smith, sr.; Ainsley Frederick, sr.; Kate Bergmeyer, sr.; Caroline Brandt, jr.

Outlook: Seniors Maria Garcia Castorena and Isabella Elrod are among those helping a team that has a strong senior presence. Smith qualified for state at No. 1 singles as a sophomore.

North Star

Coach: Matt Lickliter.

2019 state finish: 11th.

Key players: Kirsten Adamson, sr.; Haley Bourassa, sr.; Caitlin Hudson, jr.; Kennedi Lietschuk, jr.; Jeana Phan, so.; Abby Lottman, fr.

Outlook: North Star will turn to several underclassmen to help build on the state finish from two years ago. The leadership will come from seniors Adamson and Bourassa.

Northeast

Coach: Michael Mason-D'Croz.

2019 state finish: 24th.

Key players: Kiley Pham, sr.; Kyla Magee, sr.; Harlee Damme, jr.; Chelsea Faulkner, jr.; Ella Steffens, so.

Outlook: The Rockets will turn to a group of players that have no varsity experience after losing the 2020 season to COVID-19. 

Pius X

Coach: Nolan DeWispelare.

2019 state finish: third.

Key players: Clare Plachy, sr.; Anna Burt, sr.; Stacie Thompson, sr.; Aly Woita, jr.; Cece Ulrich, so.

Outlook: With Plachy (sixth at No. 1 singles in in 2019) and Burt (fourth at No. 2 singles in 2019), the Thunderbolts have a solid core to build around. Ulrich has experience in USTA events.

Southeast

Coach: Chris Salem.

2019 state finish: first.

Key players: Caroline Miller, sr.; Averie Dodd, sr.; Ella Kostal, sr.; Camilla Ibrahimova, jr.; Ally Keitges, jr.; Ansley Sothan, jr.; Lily Rippetau, jr.; Helen Jamison, so.

Outlook: The Knights have the pieces to make another state title run. They didn't have any seniors last year, Miller won a No. 1 doubles title at state in 2019, and Ibrahimova was third at No. 1 singles.

Southwest

Coach: Dennis Hershberger.

2019 state finish: sixth.

Key players: Meg Hove, sr.; Ella Ford, sr.; Lainie Fanton, sr.; Ella Dean, jr.; Grace Bartolome, jr.; Thompson, so.

Outlook: Hershberger expects to have a competitive team this season. Hove, Dean and Bartolome picked up valuable experience at doubles two seasons ago and were part of state-qualifying duos.

 

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