Girls tennis is back in action as the Lakeland Union Thunderbirds continue practice all in preparation for their first match today.
Coming back for the Thunderbirds are Hayley Fieck and Anna Maulson. Maulson went 0-1 in two singles and both Fieck and Maulson went 1-2 as a one double’s team. Fieck also joined with Julie Neuberg and Cierra Hayman in one doubles as well.
“(Fieck and Maulson) made it all the way to Sectionals this past year,” coach Tom Oestreich said.
Lorraine Hammes also returns to the court. She went 1-1 in four singles last year and 0-1 in two doubles with Cierra Hayman.
“(Hammes) worked her way to varsity singles and played well in conference and Sub-Sectionals, Oestreich said. “She is back this year as well at singles.”
As for departures, Reilly Coon graduated, leaving a hole at one singles. She went 2-3 in one singles.
One of the other losses for the team comes in the name of Linnea Turner. She went 1-3 in two singles and 0-1 in three singles.
Tessa Tormoen also graduated and she played a lot on three and four singles. Tormoen went 1-1 in three singles and 1-0 in four singles.
“We lost our one, two and three all seniors who graduated this past year,” Oestreich said. Another player who might help with the departures is Kiah Gauthier. She went 1-3 in two doubles with Neuberg and 0-1 in three doubles with Mackenzie Cliver.
“But there are some young players chomping at the bit for those spots,” Oestreich said. “We might move Kiah Gauthier who also played doubles last year, she’s thinking about moving over to singles.”
As far as the schedule is concerned, there are plenty of good matches to test the girls’ abilities. Their home opener comes against Ironwood and their first road game comes at Medford.
“I think it’s a very fair schedule, we actually have a lot of home matches this year and I tried to manage the girl’s health,” Oestreich said.
Other highlights of the schedule include a home matchup against Columbus Catholic on Sept. 5 and a rivalry road matchup against Rhinelander on Sept. 19.
“I spaced the matches out, I moved them around so we only had two per week, just trying to mange the girl’s health so we have some energy at the end of the season,” Oestreich said.
In addition to some of the returners, there are also plenty of freshman who could see some time at varsity as well.
“I know they hit tennis balls this summer and they could even quite possibly be in the mix at four singles or three doubles team,” Oestreich said.
The Thunderbirds open their season at home against Ironwood today at 10 a.m. Coverage of that game will be in the Aug. 23 edition of The Times
Their next game comes Thursday, Aug. 22 at Medford starting at 4:30 p.m.
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