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GIRLS TENNIS PREVIEW: Team-by-team capsules
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Forsyth County News

FORSYTH CENTRAL

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.

LAMBERT

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."

NORTH FORSYTH

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."

PINECREST ACADEMY

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.

SOUTH FORSYTH

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.

WEST FORSYTH

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