High school spring sports preview: E-W girls tennis team starts off strong

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Head Coach Dan Crist and the Edmonds-Woodway High School’s girls tennis team are off to a great start after a disappointing 2011 season left them out of the playoffs.

The Warriors, who are 4-1 overall and 2-1 in league play so far, currently sit at second place in the Wesco South division.

“Last year was a down year,” says coach Dan Crist. “My expectations don’t change from year to year, I always expect to be the best team out there.”

And so far, the Warriors are certainly on the right track to rebound from last year’s finish. Crist expects the experience of last year’s team to help shape a new path in 2012.

“This year, Liz Wilson and Makenzie O’Brien are our captains, which usually reflects a leadership role,” Crist added. “Both are seniors and along with senior Jane Hong, I believe will do a fine job.”

Western Washington’s rainy weather has been a bit of an obstacle for the Warriors so far this season, as four matches have been postponed in addition to a number of practices.

“Like most teams in this area, we need more outdoor court time to work on fundamentals,” Crist said. “I’m hopeful that as the season wears on we will improve both our technique and our mental prep enough to win our league and qualify some players to state.”

Cascade currently leads the Wesco South division at 4-0 in league play and 4-0 overall. Edmonds-Woodway lost its first match of the season against Kamiak 4-3 March 16, then bounced back to beat Jackson 4-3 and Mariner 7-0.

The Warriors’ next match-up is scheduled for April 9 at 3:30 p.m. at Cascade High School.

— by Ian Waldron, EWHS Class of 2006

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