Avalon Renninger teamed with Tia Wurzrainer to earn first-team doubles honors last spring. (Photo by John Fisken)

Avalon Renninger teamed with Tia Wurzrainer to earn first-team doubles honors last spring. (Photo by John Fisken)

Spring prep preview / Coupeville tennis

Coach: Ken Stange.

2019 record: 2-7, 2-6, fourth in North Sound Conference.

Returning letter winners: Noelle Daigneault, Emily Fielder, Jaimee Masters, Katelin McCormick, Abby Mulholland, Avalon Renninger (all-league doubles), Eryn Wood, Tia Wurzrainer (all-league doubles).

Key newcomers: Alita Blouin, Cecilia Camarena, Kim Castro, Monica Clark, Hailey Fielder, Mary Milnes, Cassidy Holmes, Marie Roberts, Cypress Socha, Helen Strelow, Lucy Tenore.

Strengths: Doubles, intrasquad competition.

Weaknesses: Inexperience, especially in singles.

Coach’s comment: “With a decent crop of returning players, I think we will be a bit more competitive than last season. We lost quite a few close individual contests and our team score was often 2-3. I expect that the tide will turn for us, and we will be in the thick of the league race.

“That is one of our goals: We would like to put up a strong fight for the league title. It’s been a few years since we’ve gotten one.

“I also expect that while many of our players grow and compete, Avalon and Tia will work towards the ultimate goal of a state berth. They’ve come close over the last couple of seasons. They are focused.”

First match: at Oak Harbor, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.

First home match: Bear Creek, 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 3.

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