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Fostoria Tennis

August 31, 2013
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Jenny Abell, 11th season.

2012: 0-13.

Returning letterwinner: Sophomore Autumn Affholder.

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Fostoria Tennis: (front, left) Destinie Farris, Ellen Guan, Sabra Tate, Autumn Affholder (back) Erica Moore, Jessica Kauffman, Jillian Smith, Jennifer Abell.

Others: Juniors Erica Moore; Jillian Smith; Ellen Guan. Sophomore Destinie Farris. Freshmen Sabra Tate; Jessica Kauffman.

Outlook: It's not exactly starting over, but it might seem that way at times.

The Redmen bring back just one varsity veteran and return to their high school court after a couple years of playing across town, resulting in a lot of new for a team with no seniors. But if there's one positive about that latter part, it's that this group will have two years to grow together.

"That would be a strength, that I have at least two years with this same group to. But other than that, they are extremely newbies. So it's going to be a tough year," Abell said.

Affholder is the lone varsity letterwinner, although Smith is in her second year with the team. The other Redmen are all newcomers, including Moore, a volleyball team convert who also shines for FHS in basketball and softball.

Abell said Moore has potential, despite being raw as a tennis player.

"That athletic ability goes so far because ... that hand-eye coordination can go across sports," she said. "She understands footwork and movement, and of course she has speed and power and all of those things, and if we could just teach her how to get that refined into a tennis stroke, then she'll be right there."

Abell said Moore and Smith will probably join Affholder as the team's singles players, with the veteran making the switch from last year's doubles ranks.

Moving to singles will be a challenge, Abell said, because a singles player must constantly move and cover the court instead of being able to rely on a partner. However, she said Affholder looks forward to the change and the responsibility.

"I think she likes the idea of 'no, it's on me. I'm going to be the one having to make the shots, but at least if I miss them, it's me missing them and not somebody else I can't control,'" Abell said.

"The biggest thing with her is getting her moving because of that tendency to be a little more flat-footed and not having to go for every shot in doubles to 'I've got to move my feet, I've got to be one my toes, I've got to get every ball in single.' I think in the long run that will help her because she can't get flat-footed," she said. "You don't have a choice, you just have to move."

Kauffman and Tate look to join for one doubles team, with Guan and Farris combining for the other.



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