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Strong Senior Class Leading Tribe Tennis Team
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Upper Perkiomen's girls tennis team is shooting for double-digit dual match victories for the second straight season. A strong senior class has positioned the team to meet the goal, according to head coach John Williamson.  "Their commitment has been

Hope Thompson, Upper Perkiomen's No. 1 singles play-

er, returns a low shot during practice last week.

exceptional," he said.

            Seven 12th graders, led by Hope Thompson and Madalyn Dyer, return from a team that posted 10 wins last season. Williamson said the Indians haven't featured this level of talent since the early teams in his 14-year tenure.

            Thompson and Dyer return as the top two singles players for the Tribe, which opened its season Tuesday with a 4-2 victory on the road against Daniel Boone. Thompson will continue as their No. 1 singles player, with Dyer at No. 2.

            Addison Rennells and Emi Sensinger have advanced to No. 1 doubles. The senior duo played at No. 3 last year.

            Classmates Makenna Clemens and Mady Frantz are teaming up at No. 2 doubles. Seniors Alayna Phillips and Erin Weber are competing at No. 3 and No. 4 doubles, respectively.

            "They're a good group," Williamson said. "They have put in a ton of work on their own. We wouldn't have gotten to where we are without them."

           Thompson and Dyer will rely on their extensive varsity experience to compete in the Pioneer Athletic Conference, said Williamson, and he hopes their success will trickle down to the rest of the lineup.  "They've both been around for a while, so they should know what to expect," Williamson said. "Both should win more than they lose."

            Thompson, beginning her third season as the Tribe's top player, relies on consistency to compete with the conference's top player. She can hit the ball hard when she needs to, noted her coach.  "Hope has continued to improve her understanding of the strategy, which can only help her get better," Williamson said.

            Dyer, in her third season at No. 2 and her fourth on the team, relies on an ideal mentality and a high level of athleticism to compete with all of her opponents, said the coach.

            "She knows what it takes to win," he said of Dyer, who finished 7-3 in the PAC and 11-3 overall last season. "She's a great fit at No. 2. She's athletic enough to do well against any opponent of a similar skill level."

            Both should have a good opportunity to qualify for the District One Tournament, especially because the Indians have been reclassified to Class 2A for the next two seasons.

            Against the Blazers Dyer posted a 6-0, 6-1 win over Cali Worrall. Emily Vogel, Upper Perkiomen's No. 3 singles player, won 6-2, 3-6, 10-7 over Jenny Hoy. Rennells posted a 6-0, 3-6, 10-7 over Stefanie Le at No. 4 singles. Sensinger won in straight sets at No. 5 singles. 

            Clemens and Frantz lost their doubles match against the host Blazers; Phillips and Jada Leidy had their match suspended due to weather.

            Weber and Carly Heiser, the Tribe's No. 4 doubles team, did not compete since the team followed the Berks County format, which calls for five singles and two doubles matches.

            The Indians are scheduled to open the conference schedule Thursday on the road against Boyertown. Following a non-league match against Quakertown on Monday, and they will begin the home schedule Tuesday versus Upper Merion.






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