MHS tennis champions seek to repeat in ECOL

A year ago, Marietta High went undefeated on the tennis court to claim its first East Central Ohio League championship.

This fall, the Tiger netters are hoping to add another school banner.

“We return five varsity letter winners from last year, including two first-team ECOL players,” said fifth-year MHS head tennis coach Chris Mayer. “We are hoping to repeat as ECOL champions this season.”

On the 2013 orange and black team that was 15-0 overall and 10-0 in the ECOL, MHS graduated three good ones in Amanda Ferguson, Madison Miller, and Caitlin Harrison. When the Tigers clinched the league crown with a 3-2 triumph over Dover at Dover City Park in late September, Ferguson and Miller teamed up in No. 1 doubles to defeat the Lady Tornado pair.

Capturing the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches in that showdown up north were Katie Kitchen and Christy Heisler, respectively. Both are back, one year older and looking to continue where they left off last season.

Kitchen, a sophomore now, finished her rookie varsity season as the ECOL Player of the Year with a 14-2 mark. When she was an eighth-grader, she was the No. 1 singles champ who helped Marietta Middle School win the Wood County MS Tournament title at Parkersburg’s City Park.

Heisler, a senior, was 16-1 and an all-league honoree for the second autumn in a row.

Marietta’s other returnees will be three-year letterwinner Emily Ketelsen, two-year letterwinner Calaya Rake, and one-year letterwinner Emma Stubbe. Ketelsen, Rake, and Stubbe played mostly on the No. 2 doubles team last season.

The MHS varsity newcomers will be senior Lauren Stonehill, junior Olivia Linscott, and sophomore Meredith Coil.

“In addition to our returning players, we will get some solid play from our new players as well,” Mayer said.

Marietta is scheduled to play Tri-Valley in its home opener at the Glendale Courts Aug. 14 at 11 a.m.

“We will have a strong team again this year and will be competitive in every match,” Mayer said.