Dirigo girls’ tennis 2017 preview

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Coach: Art Chamberlain (third year; second stint)

Conference: MVC; Class: C

Last year’s result: 1-11

Returning athletes: Seniors — Gina Kubech, Ariel Amburg; Junior — Carleen Hutchinson.

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Key losses: Desiree Broadway, Desiree Broadway, Sela Smith, Desirae Tracy-Rackliff, Rebecca Wright.

Promising newcomers: Senior — Brittany Greig; Juniors — Katelyn Ellis, Form Bhatt, Greta Freiburger, Thanvinee Panyanonwat, Cassidy Packard; Sophomore — Sophia Jacques; Freshmen — Haley Leavitt, Adrianna Belskis, Alyssa McTyre.

Season outlook: Last year, the Cougars were unable to fill all seven spots and only had a full slate for two of 12 matches, which accounts for the 1-11 record. They recruited hard all winter to get a full team this season. Dirigo has had a long, successful history of girls’ tennis until recently. Art Chamberlain is excited to have this group to work with. He thinks that the Cougars can build a team that will be respected again in the MVC. Their goal is to strive for a winning season.

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