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Federal Way set to defend tennis title

By CASEY OLSON

Sports editor

The Federal Way girls tennis team hopes to build on last year’s success in 2003. The Eagles finished with a perfect 13-0 record.

“We have good depth,” said coach Caroline Meines. “I think we will compete for the league title again this year.”

The Eagles return several players from last year’s undefeated team. The top returner should be Danielle Yellam. The senior teamed with Debbie Raghubeer to place as one of the top-eight doubles teams at last year’s state championships. According to Meines, Yellam will again be playing doubles, but it is still up in the air who she will be teamed with.

“She has a chance at doing something special this year,” Meines said.

Federal Way’s other top returner should be junior Kristen Yates. Some key newcomers Meines will be counting on will be senior Tina Dismer and freshman Megan Hazili. Dismer is a foreign exchange student from Germany.

Meines sees all three of the Federal Way schools being the cream of the crop in the SPSL South. Curtis and Rogers should also be strong, she said.

DECATUR

The Decatur Gators won’t have a lot of match experience entering the SPSL South this season. Coach Steve Escame will be counting on several underclassmen to improve the Gators’ 7-7 record.

“We have a lot of people that have never played the game before,” said Escame.

The player that will be counted on the most to pick up points for the Gators will be sophomore Jamie Chan. Chan returns as one of the best players in the league, Escame said. Also back will be senior Amanda Chraca and juniors Amanda Font and Jill Yotz.

Escame also returns four players that saw a little varsity time last season in seniors Desiree Nguyen and Meera Kumar and juniors Juli Eubanks and Dan-Vy Le.

Newcomers who might crack the lineup for the Gators will be junior Penelope Penaflor and sophomores Brittany Ashby, Andrea Carey, Allison Iwasaki, Amanda Meadows.

Escame sees Federal Way, Curtis and Thomas Jefferson as the teams to beat in the SPSL South.

“By the time the first half of the season is over, we will be competitive and we’ll scare some of those top teams,” Escame said. “Until then, I will be doing a lot of experimenting.”

JEFFERSON

Jefferson coach Andrew Buchan is counting on his team’s depth to push it to the top of the SPSL South. The Raiders have several players returning from a team that finished 8-6 last year, which was good for fourth place in the South.

Buchan was also helped last week when two players off the Jefferson basketball team, senior Kristin Woller and junior Katie Shultz, finally made their way onto the tennis court.

Other key returners for the Raiders are seniors Natalia Goding, Killian Lange and sophomore Uyen Tran.

Some newcomers Buchan will be counting on should be juniors Lacey Lowber, Suh-Mii Yi, sophomore Leisha Muraki and freshman Corinna Fabre.

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