Fall Sport Preview: Coupeville tennis

"With many of his players just returning from summer vacation, Coupeville tennis coach Pete Plumly had only been able to conduct one complete practice as of last Tuesday. Plumly wasn't worried however, even if the season does kick off with a home match next Thursday against Friday Harbor.That's because Plumly knows he has eight returning players who were strong last year and appear even stronger this year.We had a really good team last year and we're just going to get better, Plumly said.The coach's confidence comes from knowing the abilities of players like senior Eric Harada, who helped lead the Wolves to a 10-2 season last year.Harada will be captain of the team this year.I think Eric will have an undefeated season this year, Plumly said.Then there's senior Dustin Kuschnereit, a player Plumly said could either be his number two or number three player.He'll be someone to contend with, Plumly said.Also in the running for the second or third seed is sophomore Nathaniel Mouw, a new player with precocious skills on the court.Or sophomore Casey Clark.He'll be strong, Plumly said.In all, 19 players signed up up for the Wolve's tennis team this year - a fact that Plumly said indicates interest in tennis is picking up. Plumly thinks at least 15 will make the Wolves tennis team this year. And that every one will get a chance to play.Now all they need is a little practice time. "

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