Women's tennis charging the net

Posted on: August 31, 2017
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For the past five years, the Little Miami women’s tennis program has been rebuilding and solid.

Under the leadership of head coach Mark Lapille, the team has finished anywhere from second to fifth in the Southwestern Ohio Conference since 2012. With help from former all-conference players like Catie Beth Stamper, Shannon Brown, Sara Noyes, and others, Lapille’s past teams have held their own in a very competitive league schedule.

This year’s focus is much the same, Lapille said. While he and assistant coach Lorie Boulton are still working with some players to hone their game, the coaches are aiming high: To finish in the top three teams in the league.

Lapille said there are several players to watch this year: Cameryn Anderson (first singles) and Noyes (second doubles), along with freshman Jasmine Artikova, who Lapille said will be an integral part of the team.

In fact, after the second week of the Panthers’ schedule, Anderson, a sophomore, is currently ranked second in the SWOC in first singles. The team still has the bulk of its schedule to play, including home matches against Harrison and Clinton-Massie on Sept. 5 and 6, respectively.

Lapille is entering his 29th year of coaching at Little Miami and his 10th year of coaching women’s tennis. He also has numerous league championships to his name, including three men’s basketball championship titles in the former Ft. Ancient Valley Conference, and two FAVC baseball titles.

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