Girls Tennis

Middletown girls tennis touts experienced group

The Middletown High girls tennis team brings back plenty of experience for the 2019 season. SUBMITTED PHOTO

MIDDLETOWN — The Middletown High girls tennis team touts a good amount of experience heading into the 2019 season.

According to fourth-year coach Seth Fair, that heightens the expectations for his Middies.

“We have a very experienced group, so we should be very competitive,” said Fair, whose Middies are coming off a 12-7 overall, 3-6 Greater Miami Conference record a season ago.

“That was the best record in the history of the program and the highest GMC finish since 2007,” Fair added. “Expectations are high for the Lady Middies tennis team.”

Fair said he’s looking for some big contributions from his seniors Arianna Layne, Naomi Dorn and Selin Misirlioglu.

Rounding out the roster are juniors Izzy Fonseca, TT Newbern-Wiggins, Paige Patterson, Katie Pearson and Hannah Wilson; sophomores Leslie Reyes and Nora McGuffey; and freshmen Mary Fletcher, Lindsay Isenburg, Kimber Spaulding and Ashlynn Tran.

Layne, Dorn, Wilson, Newbern-Wiggins, Fonseca, Patterson and Pearson are all returning varsity members.

“We’ve slowly been creeping up the standings in the Greater Miami Conference,” Fair said. ” We expect to be over .500 overall again with a shot at matching last year’s outstanding record.

“We have a more difficult non-conference schedule with the addition of Fairmont, Harrison and Ross.”

Middletown, which has increased its win total within GMC play each of the last three seasons, kicks things off on Friday, Aug. 9 at Northridge.

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