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FALL SPORTS PREVIEW 2013: Marble Falls tennis

The 2013-2014 Marble Falls varsity tennis team includes Makenzie Harrison (front row, left), Kaylin Zavala, Savannah Vincent, Lauren Parten, Madison Dyer, AnneClaire McCannon and Hanna Dockery; Noah Guillen (back row, left), Liam Baskin, Mike Stripling, Regan Hanish and Jared Edwards. Varsity players not pictured are Tess Cryer, Michael Holder, Jordan Childress and Wiley Baskin. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

TEAM: Marble Falls High School tennis

HEAD COACH: Jeff SavageDISTRICT: 25-4A

2012 RESULT: Madison Dyer and graduate Ashley Stallard finished second at the district tournament and third at the Class 4A Region IV tournament and

RETURNERS: Dyer, Lauren Parten and Makenzie Harrison (4th in district), Hannah Dockery; Mike Stripling, Michael Holder, Jared Edwards, Noah Guillen, Wiley Baskin, Liam Baskin

NEWCOMERS: Kaylin Zavala, Regan Hanish

Look for previews of high school football, volleyball and cross country in The Picayune on Aug. 28 and on DailyTrib.com in the coming days

2013 OUTLOOK: A strong spring that saw a girls doubles team qualify for the regional tournament and another finish in the top four has head coach Savage believing the Mustangs can take a big step in the fall.

Parten and Harrison were fourth at the district tournament. Dyer is searching for a new partner, but Savage believes her experience will be huge. Dockery is expected to be a steady contributor throughout the year, he said.

The boys will be led by seniors Holder and Stripling and sophomore Edwards. All three have similar playing styles with neither one much better than the other two, Savage said.

“At any given day, any one of those guys could be our No. 1 (player),” he said. “It’s competitive in practice.”

Freshman Hanish is expected to help in singles, Savage said.

Leander Vandegrift is the favorite to the win district crown with five incoming freshmen who are ranked by the United States Tennis Association, he said.

“Our district in tennis is one of the strongest in Class 4A,” he said. “(Vandegrift) is normally at the state tournament year after year. Marble Falls can be competitive. I’m hoping we can get out of district.

“We have very strong seniors all the way to the freshmen. We’re going to be solid for years. My guys have put in a lot of time on the court. I think we have a chance.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com