,Phoenixville's girls tennis team has its work cut out for the 2008 season, based on a limited number of returning experienced players.
Junior Kelly Foedinger is back to lead the Phantoms after earning the Pioneer Athletic Conference Singles title a year ago as a sophomore. Foedinger also shared the league doubles title with the graduated Kerri Kelly, who was one of 12 Phoenixville seniors last fall.
Senior Liz Uyeno is expected to be the second singles player while senior Kelly Lynch will be at third singles to start the season. It begins Friday with the annual Phoenixville Invitational Tournament at the Leo J. Scoda Tennis Courts at 9 a.m. The tourney benefits cancer research at Phoenixville Hospital. Uyeno and Lynch are the co-chairmen of the tourney for their senior project. A check will be presented to hospital officials early in the afternoon at the awards ceremony.
"We are rebuilding this year," said Phoenixville coach John Zittel, who is assisted by Barbara Heck. "The tournament is going to give us valuable match experience. We are working on other teams."
Senior Becca McCulloch and freshman Danielle Domarasky are paired at first doubles, and juniors Amy Reimer and Millie Odenthal are another doubles combination.
Phoenixville opens its PAC-10 schedule Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Pottstown High School.
Spring-Ford, coached by Todd Reagan and Phoenixville graduate Devon Jarvie, has five returning starters in the lineup.
They are seniors Tyler Brown, Emily Harrison, Ruth Akintoye and Jane Esterline plus junior Megan Landis. Harrison and Esterline earned honorable mention all-league status at second doubles last year.
Reagan is unsure about spots on the ladder at the time being.
"We are still trying to figure all that stuff out," Reagan said.
Spring-Ford starts its PAC-
10 season at home against Perkiomen Valley Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
Owen J. Roberts is the clear favorite to repeat as champion this year under the direction of head coach Jerry Styer. The Wildcats have most of their squad back from the team that garnered the loop crown in 2007.
Seniors Kelsey McCausland, Gena Levengood and Morgan Crider are back in the first three singles slots. Levengood was a first team all-league choice while Crider was a second-teamer.
The second doubles tandem of junior Sarah Green and Allison Shafer snagged first team all-league honors, and soophomore Jamie Gilligan was part of a first team unit at third doubles.
Over in the Ches-Mont League, Great Valley has a new head coach in Gerry McGrath, who replaces Jill Walker. The Patriots' assistant coach will be Meredith Beebe.
The Patriots have their singles positions in tact with senior Anisha Malhotra at No. 1, sophomore Sanchi Malhotra at No. 2 and senior Deepthi Shashidar at No. 3.
At first doubles are seniors Kelly Carney and Lindsay Haskell. In the No. 2 position are sophomores Sarah Moyer and Kelsey Young.
At third doubles are juniors Jessie Cooperstein and Sammy Cooperstein. Stephanie Seavey and Megan O'Keefe are teamed at fourth doubles.
St. Pius X will not have a girls tennis team for the 2008 campaign.