Coach: Joe O’Brien
Last year: Finished sixth in the Northwest Conference with a 3-5 record and finished 7-7 overall.
Players to watch: Kim Dorr (jr.); Rachel Dorr (jr.); Sarah Byron (sr.); Hope Jorgensen (so.)
Outlook: Squalicum will look to build from the momentum the team built last season, finishing with a .500 record. So far, from what coach Joe O’Brien has observed, there’s great reason to believe the Storm should again be a strong Northwest Conference club. “They’ve been working real hard,” O’Brien said in a phone interview. “We had a good first match. I was very encouraged by the efforts.” Leading Squalicum is the Storm’s No. 1 singles player and team captain Sarah Byron. She put together a strong season last spring and should be in line to make a postseason run. Perhaps Squalicum’s best odds at playing deep into the postseason would be the Storm’s No. 1 doubles pairing, juniors Kim Dorr and Rachel Dorr. “They are very athletic and move together and communicate well,” O’Brien said. “Their strength lies in their athleticism. ... They cover the net and put away stuff really well.” Outside of Byron and the Dorrs, singles players Katrina Steffan and Hope Jorgensen give Squalicum two more talented players. Jorgensen is expected to play No. 2 singles, and Steffan is slated at No. 3.