Despite losing its top player. Audrey Adler, to graduation, OHS tennis coach Suellyn Schelleper-Rohrer ‘s cupboard is not empty as the 2014 version of the team began practice Tuesday at the Oconomowoc Tennis Center at the high school.
While Adler will be tough to replay, last year’s No. 2 singles player, Emily Kneiser, returns for her senior season. Kneiser was a second team all-conference selection last season as the team finished second in the Wisconsin Little Ten conference behind West Bend East.
She’ll be joined by last season’s No. 3 singles, Heidi Tremaine. A senior, Tremaine was an all-conference honorable mention selection. Last year’s No. 4 singles player, Yukiko Ikeda, also returns giving the veteran Cooney coach experience at the key singles spots.
Adler isn’t the only 2013 co-captain who will be missed. Jaclyn Swift, who finished her career at OHS as half of the team’s No. 1 doubles pairing, has departed, but her partner, Alexa Sabel, a junior this season, returns. The Swift/Sabel duo earned first-team all-conference honors last season.
As usual, Schelleper-Rohrer has a number of other returning players, including Audrey Alder’s younger sister, Genevieve; Hannah Meyer, a senior who played on the team last year for the first time; Ali Hardwood; Bri Glaser; and Gabby Brucker.
Look for some surprises this season as Schelleper-Rohrer, a master at positioning players where they’ll have the most impact, juggles her line-up.
The team opens its season Friday when it scrimmages Edgerton, Pewaukee, and Watertown, starting at 9 a.m. It then opens regular season play with another quad on Saturday at OHS when it hosts Pewaukee (again), Fond du Lac, and Racine Horlicksea. Always check the official schedule on the OASD website for the latest and most accurate scheduling information.
The team’s next scheduled home appearance is Sept. 9 when it hosts Slinger in a WLT dual match at 4:15 p.m.
Oconomowoc Today photo of Tremaine, right, by Malcolm McIntyre.