Here are the top 2022 Alliance-area high school girls tennis players:
Elizabeth MasonMarlington Sr.
Surfacing as an elite singles player after moving up from No. 3 in 2020 to No. 1 last fall, Mason made a successful postseason transition to singles after earning a state berth in doubles with older sister Mary in 2020, earning a berth in a competitive Akron district. She moves well, possesses tremendous footwork and anticipates well, getting into proper position for a return shot. Standing around 5-9, she exploits her height when serving, placing the ball well and applying pace. She has gotten more aggressive on short approach shots by her opponent, preferring to attack the net, instead of staying back and getting into baseline battles.
Jillian Lohnes, Alliance senior
Returning for her fourth and final season, Lohnes developed into a high-level performer at first singles in 2021, winning 70 percent of her matches. Ella’s power is her greatest strength, whether it’s serving or groundstrokes. She has improved her shot selection, has gotten stronger at hitting angles and has become more consistent in her all-around play. She competed against Division I postseason foes in the past, but Alliance has dropped to Division II in 2022.
Allison Zion, West Branch Senior
Relying on a strong work ethic and intelligence, Zion showed dramatic improvement in first singles in 2021 and hopes to become an even more polished player in her final year of high school competition. Showing true commitment to the sport, Zion is trying to expand her game, which includes learning and mastering new shots. Preferring to play from the baseline, the 4.0 student attempts to mentally and physically wear down the opponent during a rally.
Sabrina Shaffer, Alliance, junior
Expected to fill the second singles spot, Shaffer possesses good speed and quickness to cover the court. She relies on a flat serve to draw the opposing returner out of position, setting up a golden opportunity to win the quick point. She is a hard worker with a goal of becoming a more consistent player.
LilyAnn Bonar, West Branch Junior
Accuracy is her strength, especially with her groundstrokes. She intends on using her ability to place the ball well during a rally to draw the opposing player out of position. Bonar also possesses a solid serve and has a fierce desire to compete.
Annabelle Goodwin, Marlington sophomore
With one veteran singles player’s decision to bypass the sport, Goodwin has a shot to earn a spot at one of the two vacated positions. During her freshman year, she gained experience playing both singles and doubles. While more experienced at doubles, Goodwin has the makings of a credible singles player, based on how much control she has over her groundstrokes and how much better she became at playing the net.
Tori LaneMarlington junior
During her sophomore season last fall, Lane earned playing time at both first doubles and second doubles. While her singles experience from her is somewhat limited, she learned how to deal with match strategy while playing doubles. Along with Goodwin, she is working on developing the intuitive nature needed to play singles. Her greatest strength is her serve.
Naleh Wagner, Alliance senior
Small in physical stature, but packing a competitive spirit, Wagner possesses outstanding endurance and is willing to engage in lengthy rallies during a match. Her strategy is to try and win points by outlasting the opposing player.
Autumn Johnston, West Branch Junior
While not dominant in any specific area, Johnston is a well-rounded player who is expected to handle the third singles spot for the Warriors. Her lateral movement from her is solid, enabling her to cover the court and run down shots. She also features a good backhand and good serve.