Lady Bowmen still look to battle the best in the Three Rivers League

SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School girls tennis team will have a mostly brand-new look to it for the 2017 season.

The Lady Bowmen will feature a lot of new faces this season, after graduating 11 seniors from last year's squad.PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Analisa DuFrene is one of the few returnees for the Lady Bowmen.

But, Sherwood coach Roxanne Imbrie says the team is ready to face the challenge of stepping into those spots.

"The Lady Bowman are aware of the challenge and have been working through the off-season to prepare," she said. "The coaches are looking forward to seeing how the team takes shape and takes on the competition."

Sherwood does have some returning players with varsity experience from last year's team that went 14-4 on the season.

The group of returnees is led by senior Sierra McCaulley, who brings 26 varsity match wins into the season after playing at the top of the doubles line-up last year.

Other key returnees for the Lady Bowmen include seniors Maddy Griffin and Kyla Upton, juniors Analisa DuFrene, Camryn Gardner and Jessica Mulkey, and sophomores Emily McDonald and Rianna Upton, who all bring varsity-level experience into the season.

Newcomers to the team include juniors Angelina Conrow and Naomi Gom.

Imbrie is looking for the Lady Bowmen to face plenty of strong competition in the Three Rivers League this year.

"Several other teams in the Three Rivers League graduated large senior classes as well, while some others come back stronger than last year," she said. "Lake Oswego won the state title last year, but West Linn, Tualatin, Lakeridge and St. Mary's will make them work for the league title this year. Sherwood will also face strong pre-season competition from the Metro League and tough teams at the Bend Invitational Tournament."

Sherwood will open its season on Friday, when it hosts Southridge in a non-league match starting at 4 p.m. at Laurel Ridge Middle School. On Tuesday, the Lady Bowmen will host Sunset in a non-league tilt starting at 4 p.m. at Laurel Ridge.

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