High School Sports

PREP GIRLS’ TENNIS PREVIEW: Sehome Mariners

Coach: Bonna Giller

Last year: Finished first in the Northwest Conference with an 8-0 record and finished 15-0 overall. Advanced three doubles and three singles entries to state. Lauren Smith (second) and Ali Morrow (fifth) placed in singles at state, and Lizzie Friesen/Simone Hall (first), Madison Harris/Taylor Harris (second) and Natalie Knops/Emily Webster (sixth) placed in doubles at state. Won a state championship with 41 team points.

Players to watch: Lauren Smith (jr.); Andrea Clawson (sr.); Lizzie Friesen (jr.); Simone Hall (sr.); Madison Harris (sr.); Taylor Harris (sr.); Natalie Knops (sr.); Ali Morrow (jr.)

Outlook: Plain and simple. There’s no reason to believe Sehome won’t again win a Northwest Conference title. Sehome put together a season to remember last spring, and the Mariners return nearly their entire crew. The only non-returners are Emily Webster, who graduated, and Lizzie Friesen, who is studying abroad. But even though Sehome looks like a lock to win the league and perhaps another state championship, the Mariners aren’t taking anything for granted. “They are not resting on their laurels the least bit,” Sehome coach Bonna Giller said in a phone interview. “Last year was least year.” The Mariners many talented returners include singles players Andrea Clawson, Lauren Smith, Simone Hall and sophomore Sidney Balfour is expected to slide into the No. 4 singles spot. In doubles, seniors Madison Harris and Taylor Harris are back and so are Natalie Knops and Andrea Zucci. Junior Ali Morrow, Giller said, will be used as a utility player, bouncing back and forth from singles to doubles. “Many of these girls play tennis year round,” Giller said. “They are definitely at a place where they left off last year, and some are even stronger players.”

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