The Hamilton tennis team was young last season, but the good news was many in the lineup were returning in 2016. One of the brightest young stars for HHS, Lisa Nuelk, will be slotted at the top singles position to start the season. Nuelk spent last season at No. 2 singles but has matured entering her sophomore season after playing the past year in numerous United States Tennis Association tournaments.
"With a stronger serve and improved consistency, I am expecting some great wins from Lisa," said Alan Schneider, who takes over for Pattie Chapman as the head varsity coach.
Melina Murtos, last year's No. 1 singles player, will move to the No. 2 spot to begin the season.
"Melina had a strong season last year at 1 singles, so I am confident we have a great one-two punch with whoever is in the top spot," Schneider said.
Rounding out the singles lineup are Sarah Chartrand at the third flight and Rhea Last at the fourth spot, which is identical to their positions last year.
"The singles lineup, from top to bottom, gives us solid and consistent players with previous varsity experience at their current flight. I am still trying to find the right combinations to field a solid doubles lineup."
Allie Banda and Jessica Anton were slotted in the No. 1 doubles position, with Caroline Schneider and Alyssa Schmucker at No. 2, and Katie Schmucker and Sarah Luebke at the third flight. Also expecting to contribute to the varsity lineup are junior Mary Kremer, seniors Kaylee Kuehn and Melissa Schweigert.
Coach Schneider spent the past few seasons as an assistant for the girls program and also leads the varsity boys tennis team.
"I am expecting our singles players to lead the team at the start of this season but hope to see the doubles lineup come together," Schneider said. "If this happens, I am anticipating some great wins. Now that I coach both girls and boys teams, I set a challenge to the girls to beat the boys 15-win spring season."
On Aug. 13, the Chargers began competition at the Muskego Quad. HHS beat Wilmot, 6-1, but lost to New Berlin Eisenhower, 5-2, and was defeated by Muskego, 5-2. Murtos won all three matches. Nuelk won two of her three matches at the quad, including a 5-7, 6-1, 10-6 victory over NBE's Erin Dobrzynski.
At Wauwatosa East's invite at Hart Park on Aug. 15, Hamilton beat Pewaukee, 7-0, and defeated Wauwatosa West, 5-2. Against Pewaukee, Murtos, Chartrand, Last, Alyssa Schmucker/Banda and Luebke/Katie Schmucker all won in three sets.