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The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch tennis team will rely on their experience during the 2011 tennis season.
Head coach Sue Lepovetsky returns 10 letter winners from a team that captured the District 9 Class AA championship in 2010.
The returning letter winners include seniors Nathan Hansen, Brandon Romain, Keith Meyer, Dylan Wiesner, Brandon Orr, Michael Brennen and Nick Keller, juniors Michael Fox and Evan Lepovetsky and sophomore Dalton Gennocro.
According to Coach Lepovetsky, â€śHaving everyone back except for one person is one of our strengths. We have an experienced group.â€ť
Lepovetsky said the teamâ€™s goals were, â€śTo do our best and to have a good showing at both singles and doubles Districts. To send players in both singles and doubles to states and to defend our District 9 (team) title in tennis.â€ť
Her squad consists of seniors Nathan Hansen, Brandon Romain, Keith Meyer, Dylan Wiesner, Thomas Murmann, Brandon Orr, Michael Brennen and Nick Keller; juniorsMichael Fox, Evan Lepovetsky, D.J. Challingsworth and John Mosebarger; sophomores Jarrod Lipsey, Dalton Gennocro and Gary Fledderman; and freshman Eric Uhl.
â€śYou never know from year to year how anyone is going to be and what talent they might have, so you have to be prepared to beat any team you play,â€ť said Lepovetsky when asked which team will give the Dutch the most competition.
â€śI hope that they guys have a great season and I know that whatever they decide to accomplish among themselves, they will accomplish these goals,â€ť she added.
Lepovetskyâ€™s assistant coaches this year will be Denny Hansen and Shane Mosier.