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Upper Sandusky Tennis

March 28, 2014
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Aaron Frazee, first season.

2013: 12-6, 9-3 NCC.

Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Danial Maltsbarger; Seth Sprang. Juniors Drew Barth; Aaron Pirc; Evan Scheck.

Others: Senior Cohl Gagnon. Juniors Adam Benner; Seth Frey; Jacob Herring. Sophomores Trey Miller, Zach Schoenberger; Alan Watterson; Grant Woodward. Freshmen Noah Frey; Chad Mostoller.

Outlook: The Rams, last year's NCC runners-up, are looking to get back to a league championship level. Frazee takes over as head coach, but longtime coach Tom Needs returns as an assistant and helping ease Frazee's transition.

"Tom Needs, who's been a mainstay of Upper Sandusky tennis since 1974 is back. I have the title of head coach, but he's been doing a lot of the training and I'm kind of learning under him," Frazee said.

Upper Sandusky finished second last year behind Ontario, which left the NCC for the Northern Ohio League. Frazee said he thinks his team has a good shot of moving back up to the top spot the Rams claimed in the 2012 season.

"Our kids want to win the league. That's their goal," he said. "They finished second in the league last year to Ontario who's no longer in the NCC. I think we got a good shot of moving up that one spot based on the kids we have returning."

Frazee says although he's unsure of who will fit where in the lineup, and who will play singles or doubles, the five returners will make up the core of the varsity team, with the final two spots up for grabs.

"Our returners are looking good, hitting the ball hard, getting top spin," Frazee said. "A lot of younger kids have made great strides. The returning letterwinners are going to be our varsity guys. We need to find two more guys in there and time in dwindling. We're working and see who can do what, but I've been very happy with their coachability."

But after the top five, Frazee says there is a significant drop off in the experience level.

"They're just learning the game," he said of his newcomers. "Even the first year seniors and juniors. ... There's an overall lack of tennis experience."



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