High School Sports

PREP GIRLS’ TENNIS PREVIEW: Blaine Borderites

Coach: John Freal

Last year: Finished tied for eighth in the Northwest Conference with a 1-7 record and finished 3-12 overall.

Players to watch: Saskia Dolk (sr.); Mandy Hayes (sr.); Emily Roe (sr.)

Outlook: Blaine coach John Freal has been happy to see his Borderites are starting where they left off from last year, and he’s hoping another year of tutelage will get the team moving in the right direction. “It’s fun coaching the girls, because they always give their best effort,” Freal said in a phone interview. “We’ll have to see how well we play as the season goes.” Blaine will undoubtedly be anchored by No. 1 singles player, senior Saskia Dolk. Freal said he believes Dolk has the potential to do well in the postseason, but it will all hinge on her play during the season. Fellow seniors Mandy Hayes and Emily Roe are expected to assume Blaine’s No. 1 doubles position. Because of injuries, the duo didn’t get a whole lot of time to create chemistry a year ago, but given each one’s athletic ability, they could come together as seniors to form a strong pairing. “The goal right now is to put them in a match situation,” Freal said of his team. “The learning curve for the whole team is to start anticipating where the ball is going and what they need to do next.” Senior Gretchen Kordas and juniors Caitlyn Sharp and Chloe Foster also could play high in Blaine singles or doubles hierarchy.

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