Coach: Nichole Ferreira, first season
Last season: 3-13, 1-10 in Region 7-AAAAA
Key Returners: Emily Chester, Maggie Little and Nellie Harrison
Key Newcomers: Catie Moye and Ally Schneible
Outlook: "I am very optimistic that we will have a good season and am looking forward to seeing the girls compete," said Ferreira.
Coach: Lois Mickles, first season
Last season: 15-4, 9-0 in Region 6-AAAAAA
Key returners: Jess Owen, Lauren Townsend, Caroline Wakefield, Madison Benefield
Key Newcomers: Ashley Baron, Brenna Reilly, Lyndsey Pulliam
Outlook: Coming off last season’s region championship, Coach Mickles has a strong nucleus of returning players. "With a group of strong returners from last year’s team, plus the addition of some very good younger players, we feel very confident going into this season," she said. "If everyone performs up to their capabilities, we should do well in the region and hopefully once again advance deep into the state playoffs."
Coach: Heather Moore, second season
Last season: 2-13, 0-8 in Region 6-AAAAAA
Key returners: Kim Kessler, Emily Nizoalek, Emily Loedding, Abby Stubbs, Brooke Lewis, Josie Hanewich
Key newcomers: Jordan Triche, Emily Hickman
Outlook: In her second season as head coach, Coach Moore and the Raiders are looking to bounce back in 2014. "We had a really young team last year," she said. "Most of all the freshmen that played are coming back and have been playing fall league."
Coach: Melissa Nevarez, fourth season
Last season: 9-5, 2-1 in Region 8-A
Key returners: Christina Aufleger, Julieta Flores, Catherine Ann Birozes.
Key newcomers: Claudia Szlek,fr.; Maggie Herd, jr.
Outlook: The Paladins could struggle in 2014 as they are losing three of their strongest players this season. Their No. 1 singles player is out with a torn ACL and their No. 1 doubles team graduated last year. However, Nevarez said her young team is ready to face the challenge and prior tournament experience should help. So should the addition of Herd, who played soccer the past two seasons.
Coach: Shari Frankel, first season
Last season: 2-10, 1-5 in Region 6-AAAAAA
Outlook: In her first season as head coach, Frankel is excited to lead the War Eagles into 2014.
Coach: James Hallewell, seventh season
Last season: 7-6, 4-4 in Region 6-AAAAAA
Key returners: Emma Niemi, Haley Anderson, Meg Moran, Tara Harper, Allie Lobo, Mackenzie Latta, Madison Estes
Key newcomers: Caroline Connelly
Outlook: With some experienced upperclassmen returning, the Wolverines hope to be a strong contender in an already tough region. Caroline Connelly will be a great addition since Megan Aligheri graduated last year. Last year was the first year West did not make it to the state tournament, so finishing in the top 4 is a big goal for Hallewell and his tennis team.
— Phil Giltman, For the Forsyth County News