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GIRLS TENNIS: TJ ready for SPSL Central title run?
Thomas Jefferson Raiders
Coach: Andrew Buchan (23rd season)
Last year's record: 7-2 (second in SPSL Central)
Key returners: Soph. Cindy Park; Sr. Krita Nakamura; Sr. Breanna Ziccarelli; Jr. Michelle Lee; Jr. Alice Kim; Jr. Toni Mullen; Soph. Gloria Oh; Jr. Amanda Ziccarelli; Jr. Nichelle Song; Soph. Coco Hernandez-Tagoe.
Strong newcomers: Fr. Rileigh Qualls.
Key losses: Melissa Greenheck; Emily Mills; Agnes Kim.
Notable: Sophomore Cindy Park returns for the Raiders after making a trip to the sate tournament during her freshman season. Park snagged the 10th and final place at the SPSL Tournament before before finishing seventh at West Central Districts.
Also back is senior Breanna Ziccarelli, who finished fourth at the SPSL Tournament, and a talented group of juniors, including Michelle Lee, Amanda Ziccarelli and Nichelle Song. Freshman Rileigh Qualls will also provide some depth.
Federal Way Eagles
Coach: Josh Agapalza (2nd season)
Last year's record: 0-9 (sixth in SPSL Central)
Key returners: Sr. Lauren Lang; Sr. Mina Park; Sr. Allie Bentler; Sr. Jessica Bone.
Strong newcomers: None listed
Key losses: Haley Ward, Michelle Lee; Corsica Parker; Nycole Rogers; Janna Umetin; Cynthia Tetrault.
Notable: The Eagles return plenty of talent, led by the doubles team of Lauren Lang and Mina Park. The duo played in the No. 1 spot a season ago and finished up in fifth place at the SPSL Tournament.
Todd Beamer Titans
Coach: Tyler Parsons (3rd season)
Last year's record: 5-5 (fourth in SPSL Central)
Key returners: Jr. Jenny Hoefel; Jr. Kiele Bowman; Sr. Taylor Lunka; Jr. Alyssa Tyson; Jr. Lindsey Tyson; Jr. Tori Kaufman.
Strong newcomers: Jenifer Tran; Kylie Fisher; Nicole Bowman.
Key losses: Ruth Yi; Sandina Antoine; Julia Guo.
Notable: Parsons returns juniors Jenny Hoefel and Kiele Bowman who played at the Class 4A state tournament a season ago.
The Titans could contend for the SPSL Central Division title because of Hoefel and Bowman, as well as other very solid players, including newcomers Nichole Bowman, Jenifer Tran and Kylie Fisher.
"Our team will be successful with our chemistry," Parsons said.
Coach: John Cassens
Last year's record: 10-0 (first in SPSL 3A)
Key returners: Jessica Kim; Alicia Hansen;
Strong newcomers: Soyean Kim; Maddy Bergstrom; Anna Murnen; Kayla Adrian.
Key losses: Meghan Cassens; Jen Kanesta; Christina Sessoms; Channel Carlson; Kamila Nowosad; Salena Shugarts.
Notable: For the first time in four years, the Gators will be without Meghan Cassens, who won a pair of state singles titles and helped the Gators win the 2009 team title. Cassens is now playing at Iowa State University.
Head coach John Cassens will put out essentially a new team in 2012. Alicia Hansen and Jessica Kim are the only returning players with significant varsity experience.