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Columbian Tennis

August 30, 2013
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Chip Weingart.

2012: 18-2, NOL champ.

Returning letterwinners: Seniors Sarah Guzowski; Ashley Niedermier.

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Columbian Tennis;?(front, left) Fran Scholl, Kayla Magrum, Tiffany Walker, Julianne Peacock, Jamee Reed, Olivia Smith, Sarah Guzowski, Emily Eichhorn (middle) Bri Goodman, Hannah Hawk, Regina Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Madison Auble, Abigail Reed, Rylee Rucklos, Kaleigh Abbott, Eden Stephy (back) Dallas Steward, Ashley Niedermier, Sam Krintzline, Kristina Talbot-Koehl, AnnMarie Petrosino, Kaelyn Armstrong, Allison Werling, Dallas Harper.

Others: Seniors Kayla Magrum; Tiffany Walker. Juniors Julianne Peacock; AnnMarie Petrosino; Kristina Talbot-Koehl. Sophomores Samantha Krintzline; Olivia Smith.

Outlook: Columbian comes off a solid 2012 campaign that saw the Tornadoes claim the Northern Ohio League title. But Weingart has a rebuilding project on his hands with only two letterwinners coming back.

Weingart isn't ruling out a repeat, but knows his team will have to do a lot of growing up.

"The league itself is going to be very balanced," he said. "The question for us will be, 'How long will it take our newcomers to get the experience necessary to win?'

"We've been making progress, just need to get that match experience."

Guzowski played third singles a year ago and finished second in the NOL. This year she makes the jump to the top of the lineup, but it's a jump Weingart has total confidence she can make.

"It will be an adjustment for her as far as the consistency she'll see from her opponents, but she's ready for it," he said. "She's ready to step up and be a No. 1."

Niedermier, Magrum, Walker, Peacock, Petrosino and Krintzline will make up the rest of the lineup, although after Guzowski, there is little certainty about who will be playing where.

"Sarah will be at first singles, beyond that we might be playing musical chairs," Weingart said.

The newcomers, though, are no strangers to the court. Weingart said they all have experience in the game, the key will be making the jump from JV to varsity matches.

"All are in either their second or third year playing," Weingart said. "They're used to playing, just not competing a full three sets."



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