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Four seniors help bolster Scottsbluff tennis team
March 25, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen Members of the 2016 Scottsbluff girls’ tennis team are, from left – Front row: Sakura Kasai, Christina Villarreal, Zoe Holscher, Mariah Wyre, Sarah Woodward. Middle row: Bridgette Locker, Hally Wilkins, Stacea Pauli, Rebecca Weis, Olivia Sheffield, Mira Kallenheim. Back row: Brooke De Sha, Stephanie Carabajal, Tieesha Alsides, Keleigh Hafner, Rachel Hancock. No pictured are Alisah Huynh, Sarah Cloud, Hannah Balandran, Mildred Avita.

Scottsbluff senior Zoe Holscher, who finished fourth at last year’s state tennis tournament, is joined by three other seniors that will help make the team strong and deep.

Scottsbluff competes in the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference for tennis. Eighth-year Head Coach Cassie Behnke said she has 20 players on the roster. Her returning seniors have played varsity their entire four years and include Zoe Holscher, Christina Villarreal, Stacea Pauli and Sarah Cloud.

Four additional letter winners are also returning. They include Sarah Woodward, Alisha Huynh, Rachel Hancock and Moriah Wyre.

“Twenty is the most players I’ve had in the past few years, which is a great number to have,” Benhke said. “It gives us a lot of depth and the opportunity to develop new players who will become future varsity. I can build for the future with that.”

She added that every girl that’s come out this season has a lot of potential. Because of strong leadership from the seniors, they’ve had some great practices and everyone is performing well.

“Our goal for this season is to perform better all around,” Behnke said. “We want all of our dual matches to prepare us for the conference and state tournaments for we can be more competitive there.”

Areas that Bennke said the team will need to work on include their ground strokes, volleys, overall strategy and court movement, especially with doubles partners.

The North Platte Invitational comes up on April 2. Behnke said the team always enjoys playing in that tournament because it’s pretty competitive, plus they play nearly every team in the conference.

“North Platte is good for us because we see what the competition is like,” she said. “We always look forward to playing Kearney. We usually don’t come away with any wins, but the competition is really good.”

Scottsbluff Girls Tennis Schedule

March 29 – Triangular at Gering, to include Alliance 2 p.m.

April 2 – at North Platte Invitational 9:30 a.m.

April 5 – Triangular at Alliance, to include Gering 2 p.m.

April 9 – at Ogallala Invitational 10 a.m.

April 11 – at Kearney Catholic 1:30 p.m.

April 12 – at Lexington Invitational 10 a.m.

April 19 – Triangular at Gering, to include Alliance 4 p.m.

April 22 – Home vs. Gillette 4 p.m.

April 23 – Home Invitational 9 a.m.

April 26 – Triangular at Alliance, to include Gering 2 p.m.

April 28 – Home vs. Hershey 4 p.m.

April 29 – at McCook 2 p.m.

April 30 – at McCook Invitational 10 a.m.

May 3 – Dual at North Platte, to include Kearney 12 p.m.

May 7 – GNAC Tournament at Lexington 10 a.m.

May 10 – Home double dual vs. Alliance and North Platte

May 12 – at Ogallala 4 p.m.

May 19-20 – State Tournament at Lincoln
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