BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Maumee’s girls tennis team returns four of the seven starters from last year’s nine-win season, which was the most in at least 18 years of the program.
Although the Panthers graduated second singles player Parker Caesar and first doubles player Sarah Demagall, they return the players who competed at first singles, the other first doubles position and the second singles duo.
Expected to lead the team again this year will be sophomore first singles player Cazie Durham, who posted 11 individual wins last year and was a sectional quarterfinalist.
Seniors Lindsey Krist and Claire Waller could next battle for the second singles position.
Krist recorded nine wins while playing mainly at first doubles last year and Waller notched eight wins, primarily at second doubles.
Junior Makayla Gast (seven wins) and sophomore Allie Karrenbauer (three wins) are also back after playing most of the matches at second doubles in 2017 and junior Kayla Harrigan also returns after playing in a handful of varsity matches as a sophomore.
New to the program will be junior Sophie Garber and a pair of exciting freshmen in Julia Becker and Rachel Moeller.
A first-year tennis player, Garber could battle for a second doubles spot and Becker may possibly play at either third singles or first doubles.
Another freshman, Leah Kenyon could also see varsity action while splitting time with Maumee’s cross country team.
“I see a lot of shining stars, but then I see a lot of things we need to work on,” said Maumee girls tennis coach Liz Moulton.