GLEN ELLYN – With 11 players back from a successful 2012 season, the Glenbard West girls tennis team has picked right up where it left off last fall.
Coming off a year in which the Hilltoppers went 18-6 in dual meets while capturing the title at the Downers Grove South sectional, the squad has started off strong.
Glenbard West won five of its first seven dual meets, losing only to Lyons Township and Naperville Central. More impressively, the Hilltoppers posted a 35-2 match record in the five team victories.
The team also came in second place at the 16-team Downers Grove South Invite in early September, finishing behind defending state runner-up Hinsdale Central.
While Glenbard West returns a ton of experience, there have been a few changes.
Junior Ali Bush is playing singles this fall after finishing in the top 12-16 at state last year in doubles. She also was a state qualifier in singles as a freshman.
The state doubles team of seniors Maggie Hughes and Grace Norgaard, who placed third at the sectional, have new partners; Hughes is teaming with senior Liz Ficcarella and Norgaard is paired with senior Drew Menzel, who was the No. 2 singles player in 2012.
Sophomore Caroline Maltby, who also was a state qualifier last fall, is playing No. 1 singles.