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Senior-laden Panthers primed for postseason run

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

MA senior Angela Yeo returns to the lineup after posting a record of 10-2 as a junior last year. File Photo. (click for larger version)
April 07, 2014
MOULTONBOROUGH Just one win out of a playoff spot a year ago, expectations are high for a Moultonborough Academy girls' tennis team that returns five of its starting six after graduating just one starter from last year's 9-5 season.

"The returning players have a lot of experience with match play and also made the playoffs two years ago," said MA head coach Jere Burrows. "They were disappointed not to make it last year with the same record (as 2012)."

The Panthers did suffer a blow when senior first singles player Lexi Welch graduated, but Burrows & Co. have the rest of their starting lineup intact in hoping to make another run.

"It will be fun to watch them play this year and to find out how the ladder will be positioned," the coach explained. "Their strength should be in having lots of match experience in the last 2-3 years. The only drawback is in not getting out on real courts so far."

Senior Angela Yeo returns, and she played second singles last year while compiling a 10-2 record overall. She headlines a loaded Class of 2014, which also features Megan Wallace (11-3 record last year), Ally Lively (7-7), Jenn Lively (7-4) and Sophea Sindorf (12-2). That core will look to pick up right where it left off last year, and most saw action in the postseason run of 2012.

Junior Veronica Diltz will likely be a candidate to slide into an empty spot after sporting a 3-2 record in action last spring, while senior Bridget Ireland and sophomore Logan Donovan both saw some time in doubles matches last year and will battle for a spot in the lineup.

Burrows also has a quartet of newcomers hoping to make a difference, as seniors Rachel Duddy and Gabby Smith join sophomore Colleen Keyes and eighth-grader Taylor Colby as players to watch.

MA, which will once again play its home matches at Camp Robindel, lost three of its five matches last year via tight 5-4 scores, with one additional loss coming by a final of 6-3. The Panthers will look to swing those matches this year with an additional season of varsity experience under the belts of the majority of their players.

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