Coach: Megan Rozboril, 1st year

2016: Ninth in sectional

Top returning players: Sr. — Kamela Cross, Mackenzie McCubbins, Miranda McCubbins; Jr. — Wah Chook, Lauren Jackson, Sita Vakkalanka; So. — Kelsie Ayers, Linnea Skillrud.

Storyline: Former BHS standout Megan Rozboril has taken over the girls head coaching duties after doing the same with the Raider boys last spring. "We have a good number of experienced players," said Rozboril, who is being assisted by her father, former BHS coach Ed Rozboril. "We started off the year with a win and they can see the potential. I think we can compete and will surprise some people." Rozboril believes junior Olivia Frank and freshmen Alison Hanson and Kendra Conroy also will contend for playing time. "We have a lot of girls who can help us in a lot of spots," said the BHS coach.  

Central Catholic

Coach: Joe Rondone, 14th year

2016: First in sectional

Top returning players: Sr. — Maggie Kuntz, Rachel McBeath; Jr. — Maggie Stopa, Madison Tattini, Clare Wieland.

Storyline: The Saints are coming off the first sectional championship in school history. With standout Madison Tattini in singles and a state doubles team of Clare Wieland and Maggie Stopa returning, Coach Joe Rondone believes a top-10 finish in Class A is possible in the first year with two classes. Tattini lost in the fourth round at the state tourney last year. "Madison had a great summer. She played some pretty tough competition," said Rondone. "Stopa and Wieland hopefully will pick up where they left off. It usually takes them a little to get going." Rondone said sophomore Renata Lee and freshman Carly Hundman have looked good in singles, while sophomores Emily Bready and Charlie Sartoris are filling out a doubles team. "We have some kids stepping up and wanting to play," he said.

Normal Community

Coach: Roger Juers, 1st year

2016: Third in sectional

Top returning players: Sr. — Aishwarya Shekara, Katie Toohill; Jr. — Olivia Kraft; So. — Kavya Sudhir.

Storyline: NCHS graduate Roger Juers, who won the 1992 state doubles title with Johnny Lin, returns to coach at his alma mater for the second time. "We have got some (summer) tournament players on our team, which helps," said Juers. Katie Toohill and Olivia Kraft qualified for the state tournament a year ago after winning the sectional doubles title. They are the Iron's two leading singles players followed by Kavya Sudhir and Aishwarya Shekara. Junior Madison Vail and freshman Grace Walls are next in line, while seniors Felicia Jia and Ashton Barber also could crack into the rotation. "We're a really deep team," said Juers, who has 16 players on the roster. "Nos. 4, 5 and 6 are pretty interchangeable, 7 and 8 are close and even 9 and 10."

Normal West

Coach: Steve Wulfers, 1st year

2016: Seventh in sectional

Top returning players: Sr. — Rachel Bahn, Hanna Kuchenmeister, Leah Sebade; Jr. — Natalie Clark.

Storyline: Steve Wulfers has taken over the coaching reins as Phil Nevels retired after 21 years. Wulfers assisted Nevels last year. "We've got a good spirited team," said Wulfers. "They're putting forth a lot of effort in practice. We're unknown how strong of a team we are." Emma Boitnott, who played on the varsity as a freshman, was injured last year but has returned. Another junior, Nicole Crowley, and sophomore Ariel Miller, a transfer from Charleston, also are vying for playing time. "We won't have a set lineup," said Wulfers. "It will probably go from match to match or event to event."

University High

Coach: Tom Whiting, 5th year

2016: Fourth in sectional

Top returning players: Sr. — Jessica Huber; Jr. — Katie Feely, Anna Huber, Grace Matheis.

Storyline: The two-class system beginning this year is welcomed by Coach Tom Whiting. "That is going to be great," he said, as the Pioneers will be in Class A. "We'll be playing teams and schools that we should be playing ... we'll go to sectional with two singles and two doubles that should fare well." Grace Matheis and Anna Huber qualified for state in doubles last season and won a match. Four-time state singles qualifier Christina Su has graduated as two freshmen, Isabel Schaefbauer (who also is playing volleyball) and Abby Totten, have assumed the Nos. 1 and 2 spots. "They're real close. They could go back and forth all year," said Whiting. The rest of the singles lineup includes Matheis, Anna Huber, Jessica Huber and Katie Feely. 

​— Compiled by Jim Benson



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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