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By Arthur Dowell Times Leader Correspondent

Wyoming Seminary's Madison Nardone returns a shot during the 2013 season.
Wyoming Seminary's Madison Nardone returns a shot during the 2013 season.
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Another season of high school tennis kicks into full gear this week and this season could be full of surprises. Last year's 3A WVC champions, Crestwood, lost all seven starters from last year's 12-4 team. Despite losing last year's District II 2A singles champion, Nathalie Joanlanne, Wyoming Seminary is still eyeing a return to the District II finals.
For schools like Hazleton Area and Hanover Area, just getting enough girls on the squad has been tough. Both teams are low on numbers, which is always a concern during a long season.
Coach: Scott Lenio (17th year)
2013 Record: 12-4 (AAA WVC Champions)
Home Court: Wright Township Park
Key Losses: Christy Bowman, Brittany Stanton
Key Players: Keira Mongeon, Sr.; Zoya Rahman, Sr.; Ana Rahman Sr.
Coach's Outlook: “The team lost all seven starters from last year. This is the first time in the 17 years I have been coaching that this has happened. It will definitely be a learning curve for the players and coaches on the team. The players this year are inexperienced in league play but we hope to improve as the year goes along. We will be adjusting the lineup as the season goes along. Most of the teams lost a starting player or two but losing the entire lineup will be an uphill battle so I would hope to try and get to .500 and see if we can upset a team or two along the way.”
Coach: Teresa Popielarski, (12th year)
2013 Record: 9-4
Home Court: Plains Municipal Park
Key Losses: Dana Schneider, Alia Sod
Key Players: Kristi Perage, Jr.; Kassie Cebula, Sr.; Diana Rodriguez, So.; Teagan Bigelow, Sr.
Coach's Outlook: “I think we'll do well and we'll hold our own. We have a great start being 2-0 and that is building the girls confidence to do well this year.”
Hazleton Area
Coach: Amber Corrado (10th year)
2013 Record: 8-7
Home Court: Hazleton Area High School
Key Players: Stephanie Mazurek, Fr.; Sophia Losen, Fr.; Emily Corrado, So.
Coach's Outlook: “It's a rebuilding year, and a very young team. We only have seven players and I'm trying to recruit some more players, but we should do well with who we have. This is a very new team.”
Pittston Area
Coach: Kim Collins (10th year)
2013 Record: 4-9
Home Court: Mattei Middle School
Key Losses: Haleigh Zurek, Tatiana Supinski
Key Players: Elina Menichelli, Sr.; Claudia Shandra, Sr.; Kari Scull, Sr.; Kristen Capitano, Sr.; Sara O'Hop, Sr.; Sara Swartz, Sr.; Mikhaela Moher, Sr.
Coach's Outlook: “We're hoping that the experience that we have in time put in last year and (the) year before will help us for success this year. We have a decent amount of knowledge and experience coming back and we're hoping that leads to more wins.”
Wyoming Valley West
Coach: Jim Zimmerman (19th year)
Home Court: Hamilton Park
Key Players: Emily Coslegt, Sr.; Alyssa Stelmack, Sr.; Maura Thomeson, Jr.; Bryden Peters, So.; Mariah Carey, So.; Helia Hosseinpour, Jr.
Coach's Outlook: “We're just looking to improve after every match.”
Coach: Trinell Bull (32nd year)
2013 Record: 3-9
Home Court: Berwick High School
Key Losses: Xionala Salazar
Key Players: Kayla Davis, Jr.; Gabi Topko, So.; Isabella Arnet, Fr.
Coach's Outlook: “They're all working hard, and I really think that we're going to get stronger and stronger as they gain confidence.”
Coach: Joe Pugliese (3rd year)
2013 Record: 11-2
Home Court: Dallas High School
Key Losses: Haley Wilcox
Key Players: Grace Schaub, Sr.; Kajal Tetel, Sr.; Caitlyn Landau, Jr.; Madie Ross, So.
Coach's Outlook: “We have some good returning starters from last year, and we should have a good season this year.”
Coach: Raphael Cooper (1st year back- coached 7 years ago)
2013 Record: N/A
Home Court: Barney Farms
Key Losses: Leticia Izzazurieu
Key Players: Vanessa Castillo, Sr.; Josmarlyn Rivas, Jr.; Raquel Sosa, Sr.
Coach's Outlook: “Try and be competitive in every match we are in. It's a rebuild this year, and we are trying things differently this year. I believe the girls are very athletic and can stay in every match, but we have to get over the hump.”
Hanover Area
Coach: Terry Schnee (27th year)
2013 Record: 5-8
Home Court: Hanover Area High School
Key Losses: Emily Rhineheimer, Elise House
Key Players: Gabrielle Keating, Sr.; Marissa Kreminic, Sr.
Coach's Outlook: “It's definitely a challenge. We are short on numbers. I am concerned on the trend in recent years, and we clearly have a shortage of players. We're hoping to play competitive matches.”
Holy Redeemer
Coach: Joe Suchocki (4th year)
2013 Record: 11-2
Home Court: Kirby Park
Key Losses: Emily Kabalka
Key Players: Meghan McGraw, Jr.; Natalie Coffee, Sr.; Angela Malinovish, Jr.
Coach's Outlook: “I'm hoping to make playoffs again.”
MMI Prep
Coach: Mark Dryfoos (3rd year)
2013 Record: 7-6
Home Court: MMI Prep High School
Key Losses: Stephanie Pudish
Key Players: Jessica Smith, So.; Katie McGuire, Sr.; Gaby Becker, Sr.
Coach's Outlook: “I think this will be my most successful team so far. I think if the kids put in the time, we'll do quite well.”
Coach: John Grey (1st year)
Home Court: Tunkhannock High School
Key Players: Jill Patton Sr., Brianna Grey Jr., Ellie Kuzma Sr., Jaime Smith Sr.
Coach's Outlook: “We are a returning a team that is 2-2 and I'd like to have a winning season or be somewhere in the middle of the field there. They are playing well as a team and there is a lot of encouragement and team spirit around the team.”
Wyoming Area
Coach: Tiffany Callaio (3rd year)
2013 Record: 7-6
Home Court: Wyoming Area Courts
Key Losses: Julia Gober
Key Players: Kirsten Grillo, Jr.; Anna Thomas, Jr.; Lauren Perry, Jr.; Sam Williams, Sr.; Julia Banas, Sr.; Maddie Bruso, Sr.
Coach's Outlook: “I'm very happy with how they've been practicing, and they've been doing a great job. They lost a lot of their players and hoping to erase some losses and turn them into wins this year.”
Wyoming Seminary
Coach: Allison Joanlanne (3rd year)
2013 Record: 11-1
Home Court: Wyoming Seminary
Key Losses: Nathalie Joanlanne (District II, AA singles champion), Alex Cuddy
Key Players: Madison Nardone, Sr.; Jackie Meuser, Jr.; Megan Obede, Jr.
Coach's Outlook: “To have a season like we did last year, but with a loss already, we can't have a perfect season. To not lose anymore matches is our goal, and make district finals again.”

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