As always, Windjammers should be in thick of court playoff picture
Rockport — The following is a synopsis of the 2014 Camden Hills Regional High school girls tennis team:
Coach/years coached current team: Karen Brace, 10th year; and Dave Cook, first year (co-coaches).
Last year's record/playoff information: 11-1, second in Eastern Class B. The Windjammers beat No. 7 John Bapst of Bangor 5-0 in the quarterfinals and lost to No. 3 Waterville 5-0 in the semifinals.The Windjammers also lost to Waterville 5-0 in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship.
Roster: Seniors Abby Blakeley, Eliza Carter, Ellie Pendleton, Fiona Fischer, Hannah Olsen, Lila Ohland and Serene Landry; junior Carrie Helmholz; and sophomores Emily Daggett, Emily Haining, Frances Pendleton, Jacqueline Russell, Katie Vannorsdall and Sophia Landry.
Known graduation losses: Camilla Walker, Christine Forcillo, Katie Pratt, Emily Ruger and Jolly Brown
Significant impact players: Blakeley, Helmholz and Vannorsdall.
Team strength: Singles performers.
Team goals: To qualify for the Eastern Class B championships and to compete in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship game.
Top league opponent: Waterville.
Outlook: The Windjammers are perennially major players in Eastern Class B and this season should be no different as the Rockport-based squad again boasts a top-tier lineup, led by singles players Blakeley, Helmholz and Vannorsdall.
Helmholz returns after a year studying abroad, while Blakeley participated in last year's state singles tournament. While the team lost five seniors to graduation last year, the Windjammers always have talented players waiting in the wings — and who are ready to make a difference.
"We have an excellent group of girls,” said Brace. “We have always been lucky that way on our team. They are responsible, hard workers and show good sportsmanship. Also they support one another, which builds a strong team.”