The Bowmen have a new coach and new varsity players

by: DAN BROOD - TOP OF THE LIST -- Sherwood sophomore Allison Schwarm, shown here at last year's state tourney, will play at No. 1 singles this year. SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School girls tennis team has a whole new look to it this season.

The Lady Bowmen have a new coach as well as many new players looking to earn spots in the varsity line-up.

“(We) graduated 12 strong seniors last year, so this will be a rebuilding year, with five returning varsity players,” said first-year Sherwood head coach Roxanne Imbrie.

While the Lady Bowmen did lose some key players from last year’s powerhouse squad that send four doubles teams to the Class 5A state tournament, Sherwood does have some key returnees back in action this year.

Among them is sophomore Allison Schwarm, who is expected to play at No. 1 singles. Last year, as a freshman, Schwarm qualified for the Class 5A state tourney in singles competition.

“She competed well against a tough player there,” Imbrie said. “I expect Allison will play first singles behind a dominant forehand.”

Other varsity returnees for Sherwood include seniors Cambria Rooney and Amy Marks and juniors Sabrina Adams and Megan Kittel.

“All of them were undefeated in NWOC in 2013, and they will likely round out the first doubles and second and third singles spots,” Imbrie said. “All five returners are expected to be contenders to qualify for state this year.”

Sherwood’s other varsity positions will likely be filled by players moving up from last year’s Bowmen junior varsity team, which also had a stellar season.

Sophomores Erica Lee and Meghan Howard triumphed in doubles play at the JV district tournament last year while sophomores Marisa Whitley and Tiffani Williams tied for third.

Other varsity players, who also have shown improvement, include junior Anna Fechter, sophomores Emily Price, Danyel Meserve and Allison Clark and freshman Allison Marti.

As for the Northwest Oregon Conference this season, Imbrie sees the Lady Bowmen in the hunt for a top spot again.

“(We) hope to do well in league, but expect to face strong competition from rival Wilsonville, Sandy and St. Helens,” she said.

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