Mariners look to improve — and have fun doing it
Rockland — The following is a synopsis of the 2014 Oceanside High School girls tennis team:
Coach/years coached current team: Joanna Hall, first year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 8-4, No. 8 in Eastern Class B. The Mariners defeated No. 9 Hermon 4-1 in a preliminary playoff and lost to top-seeded Ellsworth 4-1 in the quarterfinal round.
Roster: Juniors Alayna Joyce, Emily Prothero, Kaila Harris, Abby Billington, Zoe Billington, Hannah Grace and Rachel Johnson; and sophomores Lillie Butler, Mary Allen, Meghan McGonagle, Marissa Heal, Becca Boggs, Clara Feltus and Gracie Carius.
Known graduation losses: Brianna Bodman, Kasie Waters, Vieno Carter, Hannah Lacasse, Afton Hupper, Lindsey Joyce, Phoebe Ferraiolo and Rachel Delfrate.
Significant impact players: Joyce, Butler and McGonagle.
Team strengths: Work ethic and team spirit.
Team goal: To improve their skills, win matches and have fun doing so.
Top league opponents: Camden Hills and Waterville.
Outlook: The Mariners lost a large senior class and several starters from last year's squad, along with the team's coach. However, Hall, who also is the school's field hockey coach, is upbeat about the team's prospects as more than 30 girls came out for tryouts this spring.
“In preseason practices I have seen a willingness on the part of the girls to work hard and improve,” the coach said. “Their attitudes are great and they are very coachable.”
She added that Joyce, Butler and McGonagle have emerged as team leaders in the preseason and “will represent Oceanside in varsity matches.”
“We have a lot of potential and it will be exciting to see how much we can improve this season,” she said. “Coach [Ken] Pride and I are very pleased with what the girls have shown us so far.”