Jerome expecting continued success
All seven players qualified for the Division I district tournament and one athlete advanced to state.
And that could just be an appetizer.
"I think we're going to do pretty well because we've got most of our team back and we've got a lot of depth," junior Kathryn Farrar said. "The main thing that's made us a good team is we've got good players on every court.
"We made it to the (Division I OTCA) state team tournament two years ago and we're working hard to try to get back there again."
Farrar leads a group of six returning letterwinners when Jerome opens today against Westerville North in an OCC-Cardinal match. Kelly Doran is the lone returning senior and Cailey Easdale, Nicole Mallory and Lydia Utkin are all juniors. Sophomore Emma Schnell is also back.
"Every single girl we have coming back has changed for the (better)," coach Anthony Susi said.
Last year, Utkin won her first Division I sectional title and Easdale placed third. Both of them finished 1-1 at district.
The doubles team of Doran and Farrar placed third at sectional before going 1-1 at district, and the doubles team of graduate Marissa Gill and Schnell went 2-2 to place fourth at sectional before going 1-1 at district.
"Lydia has experience rotating in at No. 1 singles, and that will help," Susi said. "Kathryn and Kelly both elevated their games quite a bit and they're going to play doubles for sure. Other than that, we're still working out who will play where."
Jerome finished first in the final OCC-Cardinal standings with 76 points, as all seven of its players went 3-0 on their respective courts in the league tournament to win titles.
"We're just lucky I guess, because talented girls come out for the team every year and our depth is better than ever," Susi said.
• Scioto -- which finished 12-7 overall last year -- opened last Wednesday against Chillicothe.
The Irish play host today to Olentangy in an OCC-Cardinal match, before playing Tuesday at Westerville South in another league contest and playing Wednesday at Thomas Worthington.
Back at first singles is senior Tessa Skillington, while freshman Kylie McGinnis is playing second singles and junior Elisse Cho has moved up to third singles.
Senior Zeenath Ameen and Nicole White have returned to play first doubles, while seniors Devon Chappell, Connie Chen and Misaki Ida, sophomores Anna Cherian and Liz Hart and freshman Jessica Xu are vying for playing time at second doubles.
"We've got some experienced players on various courts and we've got a lot of competition for the second doubles spots, so I'd say our depth is a little better this year," coach Mike Wrigley said. "Kylie's only a freshman, but she's obviously got some skill or she wouldn't be at this point already."
Ameen and White (first doubles) helped the Irish to a fourth-place finish in the league standings. They were third in the OCC-Cardinal tournament.
Scioto failed to place anyone in the top four at the Division I sectional at Upper Arlington to qualify to district.
Six of Scioto's players went 2-1 and lost in district-qualifying matches, including Skillington, the doubles team of Ameen and White, and the doubles team of Cherian and Hart.
"Liberty or Jerome would have to be the favorite to win the OCC," Wrigley said. "But I think we can be competitive with the rest of the teams and I'd like to see us finish third or fourth behind those teams."
• Coffman -- which finished 9-6 overall last year -- opens today at Reynoldsburg, before playing Saturday in the CSG Doubles Invitational.
Playing first singles will be freshman Ash Thenappan, while junior Ali Tzagournis and sophomore Jenny Yang will rotate at second and third singles.
Rounding out the lineup are seniors Claire Immell and Grace Rechel, junior Julia Sherry and sophomore Katie Fries.
"We lost some good seniors, but Ash looks like an almost-guaranteed win at No. 1 singles," Tzagournis said. "Having a strong singles player should make the rest of our team stronger."
The Shamrocks finished third (6-1, 57) in the OCC-Central Division last year, behind Upper Arlington (7-0, 80) and Worthington Kilbourne (5-2, 62).
Tzagournis was 3-0 at the OCC-Central tournament and won the third-singles title for a second consecutive year, defeating Upper Arlington's Paige Murphy 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in the final.
"I think we should do the same as last year in the OCC, because our team's playing at the same level," Tzagournis said. "Individually, our goals are to have a couple of us win OCC titles and make it to
At a glance
Aug. 20 -- at Reynoldsburg
Aug. 22 -- at CSG Doubles Invitational
Aug. 25 -- at Groveport
Aug. 26 -- at Gahanna
Aug. 29 -- at Watterson Invitational
Sept. 1 -- at Thomas Worthington
Sept. 2 -- at Bexley
Sept. 7 -- Olentangy Liberty
Sept. 8 -- Hilliard Darby
Sept. 9 -- at New Albany
Sept. 15 -- at Hilliard Davidson
Sept. 16 -- Watterson B
Sept. 22 -- Worthington Kilbourne
Sept. 29 -- at Upper Arlington
Oct. 6 -- Pickerington Central
Aug. 20 -- Westerville North
Aug. 22 -- at CSG Doubles Inv.
Aug. 25 -- at Olentangy Liberty
Sept. 1 -- at Westerville South
Sept. 2 -- Lexington
Sept. 3 -- at CSG
Sept. 8 -- Olentangy
Sept. 12 -- at Upper Arlington
Sept. 15 -- Marysville
Sept. 17 -- at Upper Arlington B
Sept. 21 -- Bexley
Sept. 22 -- at Dublin Scioto
Sept. 24 -- New Albany
Sept. 29 -- Westerville Central
Sept. 30 -- Columbus Academy
Oct. 1 -- Watterson
Aug. 19 -- at Chillicothe
Aug. 20 -- Olentangy
Aug. 25 -- at Westerville South
Aug. 26 -- at Thomas Worthington
Aug. 27 -- DeSales
Sept. 1 -- Westerville North
Sept. 2 -- Upper Arlington
Sept. 8 -- Westerville Central
Sept. 10 -- Groveport
Sept. 15 -- Olentangy Liberty
Sept. 16 -- at Hilliard Darby
Sept. 17 -- at Pickerington Central
Sept. 21 -- Worthington Kilbourne
Sept. 22 -- Dublin Jerome
Sept. 24 -- at Big Walnut
Sept. 29 -- at Marysville
Oct. 7 -- at Hilliard Davidson
Oct. 13 -- Pickerington North