Coach: Angela Miller, second season?
Returning letterwinners: Seniors Taylor Dilley; Kilee Saylor. Sophomore Nadia English.
Upper Sandusky Girls Tennis: (front, left) Nadia English, Taylor Dilley, Kilee Saylor, Melissa Latham, Rene Vent, Kayla Gault; (middle) Jamie Gottfried, Sara Gier, Hope Voorhees, Jamie Brown, Brittnie Bukovich, MiKayla Shasteen, Rachel Crawford; (back) Emily Coakley, Samantha Pryor, Cassidy Rall, Delaney McQuown, Jorden Born, Paige Burger, Shelby Passet, Angela Miller.
Others: Senior Melissa Latham; Jorden Born; Jamie Brown. Junior Brittnie Bukovich. Sophomores Renee Vent; Kayla Gault; Hope Voorhees; Shelby Passett. Freshmen Paige Burger; Cassidy Rall; Samantha Pryor; Rachel Crawford; Sara Gier; Jamie Gottfried; MiKayla Shasteen; Delaney McQuown.
Outlook: For the first time in three seasons, Upper Sandusky is not introducing a new girls tennis coach and Miller is hoping that continuity will help the Rams make the next step.
"My goal was to build a program over the course of several years and it is going well," Miller said. "Our numbers for both our summer camp and team players are up, including three upperclassmen coming out for the first time."
"(I'm) very excited about our singles players; all are very strong. Last year's top point earner, Kilee Saylor, will be moving up to first singles," Miller said. "Nadia English and Taylor Dilley will battle for the No. 2 spot and have also been pushing Saylor to play her best tennis yet. She is a smart player who is excellent at ball placement and has increased her use of spin. Dilley has a killer serve that will be tough for some players to return. English has put in an extraordinary amount of extra time and it shows."
The doubles teams are a bit more in question.
Vent will be a part of the No. 1 doubles team, but her playing partner and the other doubles duo could be made up from a bevy of players: Latham, Gault, Voorhees, Passett, Burger, Rall and Pryor.
"I predict several changes early in the season as we see who can deliver in a game situation," Miller said.
The increased numbers and extra work in the offseason has the Rams playing better already.
"I'm fortunate to have a deep roster of players of comparable ability, though we will need to get experience to get to the caliber of play required to be the type of team I know we can be," Miller said. "The team is much further along in their progress this year compared to the same time last year so I'm excited for the upcoming season."
It may be a small league, but Miller said there's one team that's head and shoulders above the rest.
"Galion is going to be the team to beat. They won the league last year and I don't believe they lost anyone," she said. "If we can get past Galion, I think we have a very good shot in the league."