What the Ripon High School girls’ tennis team lacks in experience, it hopes to make up for in numbers.

The Tigers, who return just four players from last year’s varsity lineup, have 21 athletes out for this year’s team.

“I’ve been impressed with the numbers we have,” Ripon head coach Brent Sanderfoot said. “I was a little nervous going into the season because we had so many girls graduate last year … All the girls come to practice every day and are working very hard to improve their game.”

While the Tigers will be young this year, they do bring back some experience. Among the returners is sophomore Dayton Coehoorn, who qualified for sectionals last year.

Coehoorn will move up to No. 1 singles after playing No. 4 singles a year ago. Sanderfoot believes she’s ready for the challenge

“She has spent countless hours at the court with [Ripon College head tennis] coach Jim Borrell fine-tuning her game,” he said.

Also returning after to the varsity team are Alyssa Schmuhl, Riley Neper and Madison Huseboe.

Schmuhl will start the season at No. 2 singles after playing No. 2 doubles last year, while Neper and Huseboe will elevate from No. 3 doubles to 1 doubles this year.

Ripon also will benefit from bringing back several players who got their feet wet on junior varsity (JV) last season.

Read the full story, which includes information on the rest of the varsity lineup to begin the season, as well as goals, in the Aug. 17, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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