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The girls tennis season is officially underway, and with volleyball, field hockey, and now girls soccer all in the fall lineup, some tennis teams have seen a drastic change in returning players.


For the Crestwood Comets however, one key player would never consider leaving her team.


Kristi Bowman, 16, a junior at Crestwood, has been playing tennis since she was 6 years old and enjoyed a spectacular season last year. She went undefeated in singles competition during the regular season, going 13-0 and helping lead her team to a 12-3 record and a Wyoming Valley Conference 3A title.


Bowman has said that tennis is her only sporting interest and that focus has helped her going into every season. Because she is not a multi-sport athlete, Bowman uses her time year round to continually look to improve her game.


"I really like playing tennis, it's the only sport I play," Bowman said. "It keeps me focused on what I have to do and it keeps me focused on the upcoming season."


Bowman said that practicing throughout the year not only helps her physically but also mentally by helping her keep a positive attitude.


Although she has enjoyed individual success, she cares more about how her team does and gives her teammates her unending support. Her goals going into this season were to better herself from last year and help the team make a deep playoff run.


"I was undefeated last year and I would like to stay undefeated but I'm just going to take every match one at a time and see how I do," Bowman said. "I think that the whole team would like to make it to districts again because we all had a lot of fun last year. I just want to do my best to help my team reach that goal."


This season, Bowman is 7-0 in singles play. Teammates Brittany Stanton and Melanie Kobela also sport 7-0 singles records.


 



Berwick



Coach: Trinell Bull



2011 Record: 5-8 in WVC



Key Players Lost: Jessica Dennis, Shea Volkel, Brooke Warton, Kenzie Goulstone



Key Players Added/Retained: Kasey Bacher, Julia Fonte, Whitley Culver, Erica Robbins, Dallas Hess



Coach's Outlook: "I'm looking to develop their skills because I have so many beginner girls. Everday there is improvement and some of the doubles players from last year may be playing singles so that will be new for them."


 



Coughlin



Coach: Teresa Popielarski



2011 Record: 9-4 in WVC



Players Lost: Jenna Lutchko, Summer Lentini, Julie Barry, Eryn Harvey



Players Added/Retained: Becca Elmy, Dana Schneider, Mykela Pacurariu, Julia DeMiller, Danielle Adcock, Alia Sod, Jackie Marrouquin



Coach's Outlook: "This team is one of the hardest working and most motivated teams I have every coached and I'm so proud of the progress they have made. I'm very excited about this season, I think they are going to do well."


 



Crestwood



Coach: Scott Lenio



2011 Record: 11-2 in WVC, WVC 3A champions



Keys Players Lost: Mary Kate Coulter, Corey Gallagher



Keys Players Added/Retained: Kiana Thompson, Christina Perry, Claire McCallick, Alexandra Kintz, Rebecca Price, Grace Hao



Coach's Outlook: "We have returning experience in the on, two and three singles positions as well as a number of one doubles sport. We need out number two doubles spot to help us out in the tight matches. We would like to be competitive for a playoff spot in the AAA division."


 



Dallas



Coach: Dominic Ross



2011 Record: 11-2 in WVC



Key Players Lost: Melissa Tucker, Chloe Alles



Key Players Added/Retained: Dana Yu, Bridget Boyle, Grace Schaub, Courtney Sickle, Kajal Patel


 



GAR



Coach
: Abdullah Azad



2011 Record: 0-13 in WVC



Players Lost: Jessica Pacheco, Anissa Bathtom



Players Added/Retained: Raquel Sosa, Iduku Aka-Ezoue, Vanessa Castillo, Diane Lopez



Coach's Outlook: "I'm just looking to build my team for our future."


 



Hanover Area



Coach: Terry Schnee



2011 Record: 2-11 in WVC



Key Players Lost: Marsha Geiser



Key Players Added/Retained: Kati McManus, Leise House, Emily Rinehimer, Gabby Keating



Coach's Outlook: "I'm looking for more competitive individual match ups within the team. I'm very pleased with the growth the players are showing and hopefully that'll translate into more wins for us."


 



Hazleton Area



Coach: Amber Corrado



2011 Record: 8-5 in WVC



Key Players Lost: Megan Hudock, Amanda Pliska



Key Players Added/Retained: Erika Grula



Coach's Outlook: "I basically have the inner players, my whole team consisting of first years. Very beginning group. I have mainly juniors."


 



Holy Redeemer



Coach: Joe Suchocki2011 Record: 12-1 in WVC



Key Players Lost: Emily Suchocki, Ally Muth, Shaina Dougherty



Key Players Added/Retained: Fallyn Boich, Nell Chmil, Beth Chmil, Tricia Harenza, Megan McGraw, Leanne Tabit, Emily Kabalka



Coach's Outlook: "Have a good winning season and make the playoffs"


 



MMI Prep



Coach: Mark Dryfoos



2011 Record: 5-8 in WVC



Key Players Lost: Devan McCarrie, Englysh Handlong



Key Players Added/Retained: Gabriella Lobitz, Stephanie Pudish, Antonia Diener, Gaby Becker, Claire Sheen, Carrie Bandirska, Jacqui Meuser, Kelsey Donaldson, Katelyn, McGuire, Soprina Guarnari, Haley Kirschner



Coach's Outlook: "We're just getting to know each other and see where we go from here. We have pretty darn good team and we have some injuries and as soon as our players get healthy we'll be in great shape."


 



Pittston Area



Coach: Kim Collins



2011 Record: 3-10 in WVC



Key Players Lost: Anna Podrasky, Alicia Chopyak, Haliegh Zurek



Key Players Added/Retained: Miranda Warunek, Mikhaela Moher, Elaina Menchelli, Sara O'Hop


 



Tunkhannock



Coach: Jeff Underwood



2011 Record: 3-10 in WVC



Key Players Lost: Hope Murray, Jessica Murley, Sisile Maruzzeli



Key Players Added/Retained: Marlena Chesner, Becky Mills, Jennifer Grasso, Jill Patton, Morgan Drumgell, Prutha Patell



Coach's Outlook: "We're just looking to have a fun season. We're being competitive and we want to be competitive."


 



Wyoming Area



Coach: Tiffany Callio



2011 Record: 3-10 in WVC



Players Lost: Lisa Chihorak, Brina Platt, Emily Lukasavage, Alisha Pizano, Alex Romano



Players Added/Retained: Valerie Bott



Coach's Outlook: "We have a very young inexperience team. The first few matches we have to see where we're at but I'm hoping to get a couple wins. They've been practicing and working very hard, so hopefully we can pull out some wins."


 



Wyoming Seminary



Coach: Mike Balutanksi



2011 Record: 12-1 in WVC



Key Players Lost: Madison Nardone



Key Players Added/Retained: Anita Ghosh, Nathalie Joanlanne, Emma Spath, Alaina Schukraft, Jane Henry, Sheena Syal


 



Wyoming Valley West



Coach: Jim Zimmerman



2011 Record: 7-6 in WVC



Key Players Lost: Cathy Byrnes



Key Players Added/Retained: Christa Talpash, Devin Ryman, Laura Monto, Gillian Pajor, Emily Coslett



Coach's Outlook: "I just want to improve after every match and I think that will happen with these girls. They really enjoy playing and they work hard, so we should be getting better as the season progresses."

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