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Wildcats loaded in singles tennis

Number-one singles Jennifer Jansen rips a forehand return. - Jim Woolbright/Whidbey News-Times
Number-one singles Jennifer Jansen rips a forehand return.
— image credit: Jim Woolbright/Whidbey News-Times

In his 10th season as Oak Harbor High School tennis coach, Horace Mells said the Wildcat girls are in good shape in singles matches.

“I have my top four singles players back from last season,” he said.

Senior Jennifer Jansen will be the number-one singles player for the Wildcats, with junior Laurin Ricco filling the number-two slot.

Junior Erin Neilon will be the number-three player and junior Molly DeLeon plays fourth singles.

Just like the boys team, Mells said he has to put together three doubles teams and right now, the he is trying to make a decision who the players will be.

“I have 40 girls out for the team including a lot of freshmen, so I have a number of players that I need to look at,” he said.

These players include senior Katie Wiggins and juniors Janelle Green and Mia Flores.

New players working hard to earn a varsity position are sophomores Clarissa Abadesco and Jordan Faralan.

“Doubles is going to be the big question mark for us and we have a lot of work to do in that area,” Mells said. “I’m looking for a successful season, but it is going to be tough, though.”

Oak Harbor began WesCo North play Tuesday, March 17, hosting Monroe in a 3:45 p.m. match.

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