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Tiger girls ready to roll in 2007 season

Tennis: With a strong group of seniors, Tigard is looking forward to playing
by: File photo, TOP TIGER – Tigard junior Kelsey Wahl will be playing at No. 1 singles for the Tigers this season.

TIGARD - The Tigard High School girls tennis team seems to have plenty of things going for it heading into the 2007 Pacific Conference season.

According to Tiger coach Jennifer Verkamp, the Tigers have solid team camaraderie as well as strong leadership and experience from its group of seniors. And there's one more thing - enthusiasm.

'We've got a team heavy with seniors and we're excited for the season,' Verkamp said. 'We're kind of in a similar situation that we were in last year. We're not too strong, but we're not at the bottom of the pack. We're looking forward to the season.'

Among the top returnees from last year's Tigard team that went 3-5 in Pacific-9 Conference dual matches is junior Kelsey Wahl, who will play at No. 1 singles.

'Each year, she continues to improve,' Verkamp said. 'She's going to see more competition this year. She's already had some good, close matches. I know she's excited for the season.'

It will be a young group of Tigers filling out the other singles positions.

Sophomore Victoria Li will be at No. 2 singles. Sophomore Christine Lam will be at No. 3 singles and sophomore Sarah Goodman will be at No. 4 singles.

At No. 1 doubles, Tigard will have the team of seniors Jennifer Yang and Sarah Layoun.

'They've played together the past two years,' Verkamp said. 'It will be interesting to see how they do playing No. 1 doubles for the first time. They're very confident together.'

Yang and Layoun did pick up a victory in their first match at the Pac-9 district tournament last year.

Seniors Daniella Amri and Sara Amri will be at No. 2 doubles. Seniors Adrianna Tellez and Vicky Levina will be at No. 3 doubles and the team of junior Vicky Uong and sophomore Kelly Belair will be at No. 4 doubles.

As for the Pacific Conference this season, Verkamp sees defending league champ Tualatin as the favorite.

'They will be a tough team,' she said. 'Canby will be up there as well. And there always are some surprises.'

Tigard opens its Pacific Conference schedule Tuesday when it hosts Tualatin in a league match starting at 4 p.m.