Spring prep preview / Oak Harbor tennis

A veteran group will guide the Oak Harbor High School tennis team this spring under first-year coach Malia Turner.

The likely lineup for the early matches, according to Turner, will be first singles, senior MJ Timm; second singles, senior Sierra Brackeen; third singles, senior Danielle Lonborg; four singles, sophomore Annie Salinger; first doubles; senior Jasmine Schultz/senior Emily Gouge; second doubles senior Monique Stolmeier/junior Frances Empinado; and third doubles, senior Elica Atienza/sophomore Olivia Lerch.

All are returning letter winners except Empinado and Lerch.

Turner likes her “depth across the our lineup,” especially the senior-led singles group.

Her biggest concern is “working to develop the best pairings for doubles while improving our doubles’ strategy.”

Turner’s goals for the spring are to finish among the top three in the Wesco North while having a competitive, fun and memorable season.

She said it will be a successful season if “each player shows individual growth on and off the court.”

Oak Harbor (7-9 last year) welcomes South Whidbey in the opener at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12.

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