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  • Grosse Ile junior Brianna Riley is back this season for the Red Devils and will be defending a No. 2 singles state championship.

Grosse Ile primed for another big season

Last season, the powerhouse Grosse Ile team finished runner-up at the state finals, won a league and a regional title and had seven All-State selections.

The bad news for everyone else in 2014?

Most of the same players will be back on the court for Coach John Shade’s Red Devils.

A talented singles lineup is led by junior Brianna Riley (All-State), who is the defending No. 2 singles state champ, as well as junior Julia Formentin (All-State), who was a state runner up and a league champ.

Sophomore Ola Latala also returns after capturing league and regional titles as a singles player, while fellow sophomore Kennedy Quinn is back after a year of singles play.

Seniors Anna Kaiser (All-State) and Missy Coolsaet (All-State) earned a regional title together as the No. 1 doubles team, while senior Katherine Kuzmiak (All-State) and junior Rose Tucker were each part of separate doubles teams that won league and regional titles and finished as runners-up at states.

Also, junior Luna Terauchi will be on the court again after winning a league and regional title in doubles play for Grosse Ile.

New players who Shade will rely on this year are senior Karolina Kvasnickova and freshmen Elli Formentin and Abby King.

The Red Devils were scheduled to kick off their season Wednesday at Chelsea.

Riverview

While Riverview lost much of its starting line up from last year’s state qualifying team, Coach Jan Gottlin still has several key players ready to go in 2014.

Senior Ami Shukla, who is the defending regional champ at No. 1 singles, will be back in that role this year, while fellow senior Erica Magnuson will take on No. 2 singles and junior Jaimie Kollias will be the Pirates’ No. 3 singles player.

Returners this year who will challenge for the remaining spots are seniors Kira O'Brien, Sarah Chauhdry and Nour Almallouhi, as well as juniors Amanda Klavon, Elyse Gregory and Chelsea Mullins.

“I expect our returning varsity players to be very competitive,” Gottlin said. “At RCHS we're eager to stop shoveling snow, get the nets up and have above average temperatures with plenty of sunshine.”

Riverview is scheduled to kick off its season Saturday at a tournament in Monroe.

Huron

Huron will head into the 2014 season having lost only two seniors from a year ago.

Leading a roster of 14 Chiefs will be juniors Niki Tolce and Alyssa Skene, who Coach Corey Chandler said will be the top two singles players this spring.

Newcomers Alex Ciatti and Clare DeHeus will likely play singles, as well.

Battling it out for spots in doubles are seniors Megan Kampsen, Courtney Gregory and Nickolet O’Connor, as well as juniors Chelsea Myles, Shannon Stroub and Jessica Hensley.

For Huron, the 2014 campaign will get underway April 1 with a meet at Carlson.



Last Updated: 3/21/2014 4:42:16 PM EST

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