Girls tennis seeks repeat as district champs

 

Last updated 3/5/2024 at 9:24am



The girls tennis squad returns several players and hopes to repeat as the Special District 4 champions again this year.

Leading the way will be senior Juhree Kizziar, who was undefeated in conference play last year, and was the No. 1 singles champion at district. Kizziar has been playing all winter at the Athletic Club of Bend, and, according to Coach Bruce Fenn, her game is even better in all areas — especially her serve and volleys.

Senior Katie Ryan also returns in singles. Ryan played doubles once a week this past winter as well, and Fenn noted that it shows in her confidence and consistency.

Other returning senior varsity players include Leah O’ Hern, Presley Adelt, Charlotte Seymore, and Molly Greaney.

“These returning senior players are the foundation of our team,” said Fenn. “Without their efforts and examples we would not be as good as we are.”

Junior Shae Wyland returns as a district doubles qualifier from last year, along with fellow junior Ava Riehle and Sophie Rush. Sophomore Rylie Bick is also back and will play singles.

“These girls are the stars of the future,” said Fenn. “They are focused on getting better, and love to compete.”

New to the team this year are junior Lilly Pomering and freshmen Caitlin Carter, Jessica Stahn, and Isabella Panozzo.

“The new freshmen will need to step up for some varsity matches,” said Fenn. “Our numbers are down from last year, and we really do need more players.”

Sadly for the Outlaws, it looks as if they will be without senior Brooke Harper this year, who had surgery on her hip and may be out for the year. She played at No. 2 singles last year, was a semi-finalist at district, and qualified for state.

Fenn stated that Kizziar, Ryan, and Bick will play singles for sure, but all other positions are yet undecided.

“Our match schedule is challenging, with several invitational tournaments in Bend and Roseburg,” said Fenn. “These experiences will prepare us for stiffer competition in the district and state and for seeding purposes. More exposure to different teams and players builds your argument for better places on the district and state draws. We are excited for a great year and making friends for a lifetime.”

The Lady Outlaws are scheduled to play at Crook County on Monday, March 11, at Bend on the 12th, and at home against Mt. View on Thursday.

 

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