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Tennis preview: Depth throughout the lineup vital to success

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Red Mountain boys tennis brings back most of its lineup from last year's squad that went 5-1 in region matches. (Red Mountain tennis Twitter)

Serving and volleying is vital in the game of tennis, but in the team form at the high school level it is all about depth.

The season is underway and several of the area teams bring back the player in the No. 1 slot, which is always a good thing.

No question.

However, it’s more important to have experience in the fourth through sixth spot in order to come out on top in matches.

Several area teams bring back talent from last year’s lineup to give them a head start on the season.

It starts with the Lamoreaux twins – Anya and Madeline – who won the state doubles title as freshmen and sophomores but didn’t compete in the postseason last year.

Here is a look at players listed as underclassmen on last season’s rosters.

Boys

Desert Ridge

Coach: Dustin Wagner

Last year’s record: 5-8, 0-6 DI, Section V

Returning players: Cameron Alexander, Camden Peterson, Kevin Wray, Connor Smith, Ryan Wiser

Dobson

Coach: Kaitlyn Morris

Last year’s record: 6-8, 2-3 DI, Section VIII

Returning players: Ethan Sutherland, AJ Fuentes, Dan Azimi

Mesa

Coach: Glenn Meier

Last year’s record: 8-5, 2-5 in DI, Section VI

Returning player: Steston Thomson

Mountain View

Coach: Kim Roberts

Last year’s record: 4-10, 4-2 DI, Section V

Returning players: Cody Daniels, Jace Robison, Cole Blomquist

Red Mountain

Last year’s record: 9-5, 5-1 in DI, Section V

Returning players: Tyler Davis, Chris Lambert, Bandon Huss, Justin Nelson, Nikolai Radakovich

Skyline

Coach: Erik Lutz

Last year’s record: 6-8, 2-4  in DI, Section V

Returning players: Landon Miller, Josh Daniels, Sam Speelmon, Sergio Gonzalez-Porras

Westwood

Coach: Ryan Cooney

Last year’s record: 6-8, 1-6 in DI, Section VI

Returning players: Ethan Farar, Drake Turley, Joseph Ritchie, Dolev Aricha-Levi

Girls

Desert Ridge

Coach: Thomas Castrichini

Last year’s record: 9-5, 1-5 DI, Section V

Returning players: Halle Swinney, Taylor Nikolaus, Kristen Abel, Demi Doane, Shannon Murphy, Brianna Wettig

Dobson

Coach: Judy Whitney

Last year’s record: 7-7, 3-3, DI, Section III

Returning players: Tram Ngo, Stephanie Liu, Skyllar Rose

Mesa

Coach: Darris Schomaker

Last year’s record: 8-5, 2-5 DI, Section VI

Returning players: Abby Anderson, Ally Stahle, Brandi Long, Ellie Mason, Angelica Rodriguez

Mountain View

Coach: Lori Flake

Last year’s record: 13-1, 6-0 DI, Section V

Returning players: Anya Lamoreaux, Madeline Lamoreaux, Tatum Hiatt, Emma Wheeler

Red Mountain

Last year’s record: 6-8, 4-2 DI, Section V

Returning players: Catherine McCauley, Arianna Comes, Kaitlin Willamsen

Skyline

Coach: Sara Nixon

Last year’s record: 3-11, DI, Section V

Returning players: N/A

Westwood

Coach: Alexander Stewart

Last year’s record: 7-7, 1-6 DI, Section VI

Returning players: Annie Hoffman, Anna Reimers, Hannah Mason

– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to jskoda@mynewsmesa.com.

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