Berkshire County tennis preview capsules, 2017
Coach: John Perry
Last year: 8-8, lost in Western Massachusetts Division III quarterfinals
Key Returnees: Ibz Zia, sophomore; Michael Comalli, junior; Chris Petrescu, eighth grade
Outlook: Lee returns its top two singles players from last year's Western Mass. qualifying team. Zia is an athletic player at No. 1 singles. Comalli is a steady player at No. 2 singles. Petrescu rounds out the singles lineup at No. 3 singles. Perry said the middle-schooler spent time as a doubles player last season, but has the potential to be a strong singles player. Freshman David Kilmer could also play singles matches. Juniors Lukas Loehr and Julian Nejaime are the most experienced doubles combination. Sophomores Elias Keiderling and Dominic Bartini also have doubles experience. Senior Nick Castillo could factor into the lineup as well.
Coach: Camilo Bermudez, first year
Last year: 8-5, lost in Western Mass. Division III quarterfinals
Key returnees: Alec Jordan, junior; Noah Kalischer-Coggins, junior; Ari Yantovsky; sophomore
Outlook: First-year tennis coach Bermudez — a former Lenox tennis player — inherits a young Millionaires team this season. They must replace their top two singles players with Hugo Hale and Henrik Palmer leaving via graduation. Yantovsky brings singles experience. Jordan is a returning singles player. Kalischer-Coogins played doubles last season, but he'll move into the single lineup as well. Ryan Silverstein and Herkus Rutzinskas take over at No. 1 doubles. Nick Monteleon and Evan Silverstein will play at No. 2 doubles.
Coach: Joe McSpiritt, second year
Last year: 1-10
Key returnees: Sam Webb sophomore; Eduardo Rodriguez; freshman; Cole Duval freshman
Outlook: Last season, the Eagles struggled to a one-win campaign and must replace No. 1 singles player Patrick Hogelin. Webb brings experience at No. 2 singles and will elevate to the No. 1 spot. Rodriguez earned valuable experience at No. 2 and 3 singles as an eighth grader last season. Cole Duval will take over the No. 3 singles spot. Kenny Edwards and Gray Duval will form the No. 1 doubles team. Andrew Hiass and Marc Gogel are the second doubles teams.
Coach: Howard Arkans, first year
Last year: 9-3, lost in Western Mass. Division III semifinals
Key Returnees: Kadin Shafiroff, junior; Alec Goffin, senior; Jack White, senior
Outlook: Arkans returns to lead the Monument Mountain boys, inheriting an experienced and confident group. Shafiroff is the team's returning No. 1 singles player, but it is not clear when he'll return to the lineup. Goffin and White bring experience at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively. Freshmen Toby Girona and Zak Goffin will also see time as singles players. White and senior Kevin Costello will form one doubles team. Junior John Mack, sophomore Raphael Gutierrez, freshman Kaylo Malicky, along with Wilson Sprague and Soren Smedvig, will all factor into the singles or doubles lineup as well.
Coach: Stephen Bryant, seventh year
Last year: 13-2, won the Western Mass. Division III championship; lost in Division III state semifinals
Key returnees: Josh Narey, senior; Jacob Fink, sophomore; Brady Foehl, junior
Outlook: Mount Greylock is looking to reload and continue its dominance over Western Mass. this season. Fink elevates to the No. 1 singles spot, as last year's No. 1, Gray Kaegi, is lost to graduation. Brady Foehl moves from an undefeated doubles team to the No. 2 singles spot. Narey remains the No. 3 singles player. Toby Foehl and Sam Dils elevate to the No. 1 doubles team after a perfect season at No. 2 doubles. Eighth grader Gabe Gerry and sophomore Luke Swann replace Dils and Foehl as the No. 2 doubles team. Sophomore Gio Cavalli returned to the team after a two-year absence. He could factor into the doubles teams as well.
Coach: Shane Sullivan, first year
Last year: 2-9
Key returnees: Evan Dempsey, senior; Noah Beckwith, junior; Dave Charland; senior
Outlook: Pittsfield returns a team with equal parts youth and experience, looking to compete in the county under first-year coach Sullivan.
Dempsey returns as the No. 1 singles player. The No. 2 and No. 3 singles spots are up for grabs. Sullivan said new and returning players will factor into the singles and doubles lineups. Freshmen Brian Lavinio and Adam Quinto have earned the first crack at the singles spots. Senior Charland, juniors Sabil Kaddoura, Max Whalen and Noah Beckwith, along with sophomores Bryan Brophy and Tom Rindfuss, are returning players. Liam Fitsgibbons, Matthew North and Logan Kroboth are incoming freshman. Junior Gideon Osafo is another new member of the team.
Coach: Norma Comalli, third year
Last year: 14-4, lost in Western Mass. Division III semifinals
Key returnees: Maddie DeSantis, senior; Suriana Lee; freshman; Ava Martin; sophomore
Outlook: Lee returns a young, but experienced group to a squad that was one game away from the Western Mass. final. Suriana Lee is only a freshman, but has two years of varsity experience. She'll be the No. 1 singles player. Martin returns at No. 2 singles, and the third spot will be up for grabs. Senior captain DeSantis and Angelique Nejaime have singles experience. Sophomore Anna Wang is also a candidate for a singles spot. Eighth grader Erin Brisebois and junior Michele Belliveau will hold down one doubles spot.
Seventh grade newcomers Caroline Malone, along with Sophie Zukowski and Paige Berry, will factor into the doubles lineup as well. Coach Comalli said the team's experiencing a slight rebuild, but she expects her strong core to help the squad to remain contenders in the county.
Coach: Melissa Baron, second year
Last year: 9-3, loss in Western Mass. Division III quarterfinals
Key returnees: Victoria Vittori, junior; Alex Trousilek, junior; Morgan Hayden, junior
Outlook: After defeating Monument for the Western Mass. title 2015, the 2016 Millionaires fell to Monument in the tournament quarterfinals last season. Vittori returns as the No. 1 singles player, giving Lenox an experienced presence at the top of the lineup. The team must replace Liz Jarck at No. 2 singles. Trousilek looks to be the new option, elevating from No. 3 singles. Senior Isabelle Conlon will see time at No. 3 singles. Hayden brings singles experience as well. She excelled at No. 1 doubles last season, but she'll have a new partner this year. Hani Chung and Sarah Baron gained experience last season. Newcomer Carolina Chassi will factor into the doubles lineup as well.
Coach: Hannah White, first year
Last year: 10-2, lost in Western Mass. Division III semifinals
Key Returness: Hailey Higgins, senior; Ava Guidette, junior; Lexi Shumsky, senior
Outlook: First-year coach White inherits a team that must replace high-level talent from last year's squad. Former No. 1 singles player Cara Freadman — the most consistent player in the county — has graduated, leaving big shoes to fill atop the Spartans' lineup. In addition to Freadman, the Spartans must replace their Western Mass. champion doubles team of Carly Shafiroff and Higgins. Shafiroff has graduated, and Higgins will move into the singles lineup. Guidette will also fill a singles spot. Shumsky has doubles and singles experience. Olivia Jaffe, Emily Rada and Dani DeFelice round out the doubles teams.
Coach: Asha Von Ruden, second year
Last year: 5-9
Key returnees: Maya Neski, senior; Julia Groeber, senior. Madeline Von Ruden, freshman
Outlook: For the second year in a row, Everett returns a majority of its roster to a team looking to qualify for the tournament after last year's 5-9 campaign. Neski and Von Ruden return as the No. 1 and No. 2 singles players, respectively. The doubles teams may move around, as Groeber moves from singles to doubles, teaming with Shelby Tinker early on. Michaela Loring returns and will play singles. Anna Dupont and Katelynn Dawson have doubles experience.
Coach: John Jacobbe, third year
Last year: 0-10
Key Returnees: Josie Dalsin, sophomore; Oriana Van Slycke, junior; Emma Stankiewicz, junior.
Outlook: Greylock returns a lot of young players to a team looking to get over its winless 2016 season. Sophomore Isabel Northington will take over the No. 1 singles spot. Jacobbe said she's an experienced, No. 1 caliber player. Sophomore Dalsin elevates to No. 2 singles after playing doubles last season. The No. 3 singles spot will be open to competition. Van Slycke, Stankiewicz and Cedar Keyes can all play singles or doubles. Eighth graders Charlotte Sanford, Hannah Gilooly and Mia Van Duerzen will compete for doubles spots.
Coach: Jennifer Gaudette, sixth year
Last year: 3-7
Key returnees: Abbey Fick, junior; Hailee Barber, junior; Mallory Northup, junior
Outlook: The Pittsfield roster will feature a lot of new faces, after losing several players to graduation. The Generals also lost German transfer student Anna Hamel, the team's No. 1 singles player from last year. Freshman Marie Butler is the team's new top singles option. Barber and Northup will also play singles. Zhen-Mei Huang is the lone senior on the team. Sophomore Isabelle Smith is a newcomer. Gaudette said she's working with her young team to improve doubles play strategies, control of the ball, footwork and conditioning.
Contact Akeem Glaspie at 413-496-6252 or on Twitter @THEAkeemGlaspie.
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