Coach: Joe O'Brien
Last year: Finished fifth in the Northwest Conference with a 6-8 record and finished 6-8 overall. ... Didn't advance any players to state.
Players to watch: Avery Wolfe (sr.); Kevin Smiley (so.); Drew Segren (jr.); Carter Thulin (sr.); Carter Nickelson (jr.); Tyler Hoback (sr.)
Outlook: If effort and competiveness translates to regular season wins, the Squalicum tennis team could be in for strong season. Coach Joe O'Brien said he is pleased with what he's seen during preseason practices, and eight returning starters combined with four talented newcomers gives the Storm coach hope the club can improve on its middle-of-the-pack 2012 conference finish. "We're a good, solid group," O'Brien said. "They're practicing really well, and I've been impressed with their effort. We're certainly working hard to improve, and we're going to be better in doubles for sure." O'Brien is hoping upperclassmen Carter Nickelson and Tyler Hoback gives doubles a boost, and last year's doubles players Kevin Smiley and Drew Segren are making the move to singles to strengthen that area. Seniors Avery Wolfe and Carter Thulin return, giving the Storm quality veterans who can contribute.
Sept. 12 Lynden* 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 Burlington-Edison* 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 18 at Sehome* 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 at Sedro-Woolley* 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 Anacortes* 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 25 at Ferndale* 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 Bellingham* 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 at Lynden* 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Burlington-Edison* 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 4 Sehome* 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 Sedro-Woolley* 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 9 at Anacortes* 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 Ferndale* 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 Bellingham* 3:30 p.m.
* NWC game
Reach ANDREW LANG at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 862.