GLEN DALE - The John Marshall tennis teams will start a new era as Ryan Zelinski enters his first year as head coach.
Zelinski will rely on senior Mallory Zinn on the girls' side to lead by experience. Zinn placed first in the OVACs as the No. 3 seed in doubles and also placed second at states in the same position a year ago. She will be the No. 1 seed for singles play and joins sophomore Alaina Pauley on the No. 1 doubles team.
Pauley was also on the No. 3 doubles team her freshman year as the duo went undefeated during the regular season.
Allie Howard will be the No. 3 singles seed for the Monarchs. The senior qualified for states at No. 2 singles last season.
Howard will rejoin No. 4 singles seed Olivia Blazer at No. 2 doubles as the two placed second at OVACs their junior years.
No. 3 doubles will be juniors Brittany Anderson and Emily Fox, while senior's Jocelyn Dobbs and Amber Rice will take care of No. 4 doubles duties.
On the boy's side, Hayden Blazer returns after a stellar freshman campaign. He will join this year's No. 2 single seed, Bret Nadolski, in No. 1 doubles.
Sophomore Michael Eskridge will be the No. 3 singles seed for the Monarchs.
At No. 4 singles will be John Miller with Austin Litman handling No. 5 singles. The pair will make up the No. 2 doubles team.
Joey Dunfee, the only varsity freshman, and sophomore Ralph Howe will compete at No. 3 doubles.
JOHN MARSHALL 2012 TENNIS SCHEDULE
March 15: at Oak Glen3:15 p.m.
March 17: East Fairmont12:00 p.m.
March 17: Fairmont Senior2:30 p.m.
March 19: Linsly3:30 p.m.
March 22: Oak Glen4:00 p.m.
March 24: at Parkersburg South12:00 p.m.
March 24: at Parkersburg2:00 p.m.
March 26: Brooke3:30 p.m.
March 30: at St. Clairsville3:00 p.m.
March 31: Morgantown11:00 a.m.
March 31: at University2:30 p.m.
April 3: at Wheeling Park3:00 p.m.
April 5: Indian Creek4:00 p.m.
April 9: at Brooke3:00 p.m.
April 10: Wheeling Central 3:30 p.m.
April 14: at Morgantown3:00 p.m.
April 14: at University5:00 p.m.
April 16: Wheeling Park5:00 p.m.
April 17: St. Clairsville3:30 p.m.
April 19: at Wheeling Central4:00 p.m.
April 23: OVAC ChampionshipsTBA
April 25: OVAC Tournament8:30 a.m.
May 3-5: RegionalsTBA
May 10-11: State TournamentTBA