The St. Clairsville Red Devil tennis team, led by head coach Steven Verba, welcomes the 2014 season with many new faces and several that will be familiar to the loyal Red Devil fans.
The 2014 Lady Devils is small in number, but will benefit from the experience and play of several veteran seniors.
Returning for the Lady Devils are Danielle DeNoble, Katelin Gandee and Alexa Clark. They will serve as the nucleus for the Lady Devils and are expected to be the one through three seeds, with the order to be determined.
PICTURED ARE the key returnees for the St. Clairsville girls tennis team. Front row, from left, are Angelle Collins, Paige Beckett and Paige Foltin. Standing, from left, are Alexa Clark, Danielle DeNoble and Katelin Gandee.
PICTURED ARE the key returnees for the St. Clairsville boys tennis team. Front row, from left, are Chris Baker, Alexander Trouten, Colton West and Merrik Malin. Standing, from left, are Brendan Ryan, Daniel Trouten, Chase Wiethe, Izaac Wiley, Austin Douglass and Robbie Fish.
The veterans will be supported by newcomers Paige Beckett, Angelle Collins and Paige Foltin.
Verba stated that one of these ladies must step up and become the fourth seed. Although freshman and untested, these ladies have a lot to learn this season and will have an interesting debut.
The Lady Devils lost senior Samantha Hodgson to graduation.
THE RED DEVIL boys squad is somewhat more populous with 10 players expected to take the court.
Making their "farewell tour" are returning seniors Chris Baker, Alexander Trouten, Robbie Fish and Izaac Wiley. Baker and Trouten are four-year mainstays for the Devils with Fish and Wiley being one and two year members, respectively. The experience of the seniors will be relied on by Verba and assistant coach J. C. Yevincy.
These seniors will be challenged for position by sophomores Daniel Trouten, Chase Weithe and Austin Douglass.
Also in the hunt for a seeded position is freshman Brendan Ryan.
The Order of strength has yet to be determined but these younger players figure prominently into the mix.
Other new faces this season are Colton West and Merrick Malin.
The Devils open their season at John Marshall on Monday. Their home debut will be on April 2 when the Devils meet Wheeling Central.
The complete schedule is as follows:
March 31 - at John Marshall; April 2 - Wheeling Central; April 3 - Indian Creek; April 4 - -Boys at Cambridge; April 5 - at Madonna and Weir; April 7 - Weir; April 8 - Boys at Steubenville; April 9 - Parkersburg South; April 10 - at Linsly; April 11 - at Wheeling Park; April 12 - at Brooke with Oak Glen; April 14 - Coshocton (Boys); April 15 - John Marshall; April 16 - at Wheeling Central; April 21 - at Brooke; April 22 - Wheeling Park; April 24 - Indian Creek; April 25 -- Steubenville (Boys); April 28-May 1 - OVAC at West Liberty