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Panther netters season underway under new head coach

(First row, from left) Rochelle Sweig, Megan Stress, Bethany Olson, Sara Langer, Kaitlyn Kurrelmeyer, Kali Schaar; (Second row) Head Coach Dylan Greske, Caitlin Turner, Brooke Hines, Alea Wilbur, Jordyn Olson and Assistant Coach Jon Claesson. -- Submitted photo

The 2011 season for the Ellsworth High School girls' tennis team got underway last week. While the Panthers took a 7-0 Middle Border Conference dual meet loss to Mondovi, new head Coach Dylan Greske said there were a number of close games and matches to make for a decent effort in the team's first competition.

"Despite the scores, there were a lot of good things happening," Greske said. "For our first match we were happy with what we saw. Now that we have our first match out of the way and have the feel for what the competition will be like, we have a better idea of what we need to work on. We're going to work hard and come out of the gates swinging."

One of the matches at Mondovi did go into three sets with the Panthers' No. 1 singles player Bethany Olson falling to the Buffaloes' Sarah Boley 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 and the No. 2 doubles team of Alea Wilbur and Katie Kurrelmeyer played a tie-breaker with Mondovi's Annah Gruber and Chelsey Christ, losing 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). Ellsworth's No. 2 singles player, Jordyn Olson, won five games in her match.

Both Olsons along with Wilbur, Kurrelmeyer, Brooke Hines, Caitlin Turner and Sara Langer are all returning letter winners. EHS lost three seniors to graduation in Tiffany Weiss, Jessica Gergen and Ashley Christiansen but several other letter winners declined to come out, leaving the Panthers with just 10 players, just enough to fill a dual meet line-up barring any injuries.

For more please read the Aug. 31 print version of the Herald.