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Marlington, Alliance, West Branch return veteran singles players

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.

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