Chaminade-Julienne has sights set on state tennis title

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Chaminade-Julienne Tennis

Over the years, Chaminade-Julienne High School has
established itself as a regular state title contender in girls basketball,
football and boys basketball. Add girls tennis to the list. The Eagles enter this season as one of the top teams in
Ohio. Last year CJ won its second straight Southwest Ohio district
team title and advanced to the semifinals of the state team tournament where it
finished third overall. 


Over the years, Chaminade-Julienne High School has
established itself as a regular state title contender in girls basketball,
football and boys basketball. Add girls tennis to the list.

The Eagles enter this season as one of the top teams in
Ohio.

Last year CJ won its second straight Southwest Ohio district
team title and advanced to the semifinals of the state team tournament where it
finished third overall. The Eagles only two losses last year were to state
champion Lexington (regular season and tourney).

This season the gameplan is simple.

Said head coach Jim Brooks: “Our goal is to try to win the
GGCL (Girls Greater Cincinnati League) again, go to state as a team and finish
higher than we did last year, and advance as many individual players to the
district and state levels as possible.”

All those goals are realistic.

CJ returns three state qualifiers in Katie Pleiman and Emily
and Molly Buerschen. Pleiman teamed with her older sister Christie (now at
Xavier) to finish runner-up in Division I doubles, while the Buerschen sisters
also made the state doubles tournament together.

In addition to those three, CJ also returns Nicci Dresden
(district singles qualifier) and fellow letterwinners Samantha Zimmerman and
Maggie McGinnis. 

Freshman Marianne Bonanno, who plays year-round and competes
in local USTA tournaments, will join the roster.

Pleiman looks to be the Eagles No. 1 player having excelled
this summer in various regional events. Pleiman won her local qualifier in the
16 and under division as well as the Ohio Valley Midwest Qualifier.  She went on to make to the
quarterfinals of the front draw of the Midwest Closed tournament, which hosted
the top 128 players in a seven-state region.

Emily Buerschen is the lone senior on the squad.

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