Capsule outlook of the area’s high school girls’ tennis teams

  • Bishop Brady's Sydney Herrington competes in a semifinal round of state doubles tennis tournament at The Derryfield School in Manchester on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

  • Bow’s Gwen Molind returns a volley during her No. 4 singles match against Berlin at the Division III girls’ tennis championship at the Derryfield School in Manchester last spring. Elizabeth Frantz/ Monitor file

Published: 4/1/2018 9:01:24 PM
Concord

Division: I

Coach: Kia DeAngelis (1st year)

Last year: 10-5, reached quarterfinals

Returning starters: Emma Pedersen, sr.; Abigail Pope, jr.

Top newcomers: Leila Spires, fr.; Joanna Dustin, fr.; Kristin Womack, fr.

Outlook: Not only did the Crimson Tide lose its top two players and four of its top six from last year, the Tide also lost its co-head coaches. It took some time for Concord to find a new leader for this team, but DeAngelis, a former top player for the Tide, eventually stepped into the breach and it seems like she’s taking the right approach with her young team.

“This season will be great as we have a lot of freshmen (seven on the roster) coming up in the ranks, which will benefit this team for the future,” DeAngelis said. “With this new talent I am hopeful that we will do well this season.”

Teams to beat: Derryfield

Bishop Brady

Division: II

Coach: Lee Herrington (5th year)

Last year: 4-10, did not make tournament

Returning starters: Sydney Herrington, sr.; Rachel Achong, so.; Anna Michaud, jr.; Manu Komma, jr.; Addie Dinsmoor, sr.; Alexa Bonvie, sr.

Top newcomers: Mary Anne Wiley, sr.; Jaidan Bergeron, fr.; Cassidy Gendron, fr.

Outlook: Brady has the best player in the state at the top of its ladder in Sydney Herrington, who has been to three straight individual singles finals and won the last two. The Giants had some struggles as a team last year making the move from D-II to D-I, but that experience should help them this year, especially with all six starters returning. Achong put in a lot of work during the offseason and coach Herrington said she “looks ready to make a jump in her match play.”

Teams to beat: Derryfield, Exeter, Hanover, Bedford

Coe-Brown

Division: II

Coach: Mark Struthers (11th year)

Last year: 9-6, reached quarterfinals

Returning starters: Megan Wimsatt, jr.; Sandra Black, sr.; Mary Thoms, so.; Mesky Wallace, so.

Top newcomers: Addy Leifer, so.; Lily Libbey, so.

Outlook: The Bears are looking at “somewhat of a rebuilding years,” according to Struthers, after losing a good chunk of talent from last year’s tournament team. Wimsatt and Black will have to adjust to the challenges of playing at the top of the ladder while No. 3-6 will need to pull out some wins in order for Coe-Brown to return to the postseason.

Teams to beat: Oyster River, Portsmouth, St. Thomas, Hollis-Brookline

Pembroke

Division: II

Coach: David Goulet (4th year)

Last year: 0-14, did not make tournament

Returning starters: Jaden Russell, sr.; Alison Sobezenski, jr.

Top newcomers: Mary McCulloch

Outlook: There was some question as to whether or not enough girls would come out to field a team, but with 12 on the roster, the program is safe for this season and may gain some momentum moving forward.

“Our girls have a diversity of talent and we’re hoping to be competitive,” Goulet said.

Bow

Division: III

Coach: Jonsey Rainville (6th year)

Last year: 17-0, D-III champions

Returning starters: Gwen Molind, Emma Conley, Lara Chern

Top newcomers: Alyssa Harpring, Miah Munroe, Isabelle Dolcino, Lauren Goyette, Olivia Parsick

Outlook: The Falcons lost the top three players from last year’s undefeated title team, but they only had two returning starters last year and ran through Division III after finishing runner-up in 2016. In total, Bow has been to five of the last seven D-III finals and won three of them (2017, ‘13 and ‘11). That’s a lot to live up to, but the Falcons have been working hard in the preseason and Rainville said, “The good news is, as it is every year, we have a wonderful group of young women.”

Teams to beat: Conant, Sanborn, Monadnock, Gilford

Gilford

Division: III

Coach: Hermann Defregger (10th year)

Last year: 6-8, did not make tournament

Returning starters: Reagan McIntire, so.; Sarah Filion, sr.; Jocey Curley, jr.; Olivia Salesky, jr.; Hannah Lord, so.; Olivia Comeau, so.; Madison Eastman, so.

Top newcomers: Jillian Palisi, so.; Delissa Brooks, fr.; Annabelle Eisenmann, fr.; Alyssa Gosselin, fr.; Jennifer Laurendeau, fr.; Kealan O’Connor, fr.; Serena Pugh, fr.; Callista Shepard, fr.

Outlook: The Golden Eagles are young, just one senior on the roster, but they’re also experienced with seven players on the team who have seen varsity playing time. Gilford improved during the course of last season and hopes to do the same this year with the ultimate goal a spot in the D-III playoffs.

Teams to beat: “Bow, Inter-Lakes and the teams from up North,” Defregger said.

Inter-Lakes

Division: III

Coach: Jocelyn Judge (1st year)

Last year: 2-12, did not make tournament

Returning starters: Alyssa Floyd, jr.; Ava Duymazlar, so.; Gabriele Nedeau, sr.; Phoebe Hoag, so.; Belle Hoag, sr.; Molly Kernen, so.; Ella St. Cyr, so.

Outlook: The Lakers may have a new coach, but there’s nothing new about their players – all six starters return from last year’s team. Even better, many of them have been playing during the offseason. Depth should also be a strength for Inter-Lakes after 20 girls went out for the team. Judge plans on spending ample practice time on doubles after looking through last year’s results and realizing doubles cost the Lakers some wins.

Teams to beat: Moultonborough

Kearsarge

Division: III

Coach: Laura Joslin-King (6th year)

Last year: 4-10, did not make tournament




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