Bulldogs hope for high seeds in tournament

Kingman High School girls tennis coach Kasie Juelfs doesn't know what the Bulldog players will be seeded yet, but she knows who will represent Kingman in the Northwest Region tournament next week and Paseo Racquet Center in the Valley.

Nicole Potter and Tarisha Patel get the nod as the No.

1 team in doubles and Katie Ahlers and Sapna Patel will be the No.

2 doubles squad.

In singles Maryn Brannies will be the team's No.

1 and Stephanie Chan will be the Bulldogs' No.

2.

The seeding meeting will be Monday night and play commences at 8 a.m.

Tuesday so whatever the seeding, the players won't have much time to think about who their competition will be.

Potter and Tarisha Patel (8-3 as a team) are an unusual No.

1 combination in that Potter is a senior and Patel is a sophomore.

"I thought I'd try them together and as soon as they were together they just clicked," Juelfs said.

"They like playing with each other and right off the bat they were really confident with each other."

Potter, one of two seniors on the team, played as the No.

1 in both singles and doubles all season.

"Nicole really took off this year.

She started out strong and she's played consistently all year," Juelfs said.

"Coming off of last year she had kind of shaky season, but she's really the strong one right now.

"She's play with Tarisha, who is a freshman, and they kind of balance each other out."

Although she's a freshman, Patel brought a lot of experience in doubles play to the court.

"Tarisha is my No.

3 (singles) player," Juelfs said.

"Tarisha has a lot of knowledge about the game.

She's been playing a long time with her uncle and aunt.

She plays doubles all the time and has a lot of experience at it."

Juelfs is aiming high for the seeding meeting.

The tandem of Potter and Patel's conference losses were to the undefeated Mountain Ridge team.

"I'm hoping to get them seeded No.

2," Juelfs said.

The Bulldogs' No.

2 team, Katie Ahlers and Sapna Patel, may draw a good seed as well.

"They've been playing No.

3 doubles all season, but I think I can get them a No.

4 seed so that's what I'm going to shoot for," Juelfs said.

"If everything works out the way I hope it will the doubles semi-finals will be Mountain Ridge vs.

Kingman and Mountain Ridge vs.

Kingman."

Ahlers, a senior, and Patel, a sophomore, are 7-1 on the season.

"I put Sapna with Katie and for a while there they were beating everyone they played 8-0, so I just left them together and they played really well," Juelfs said.

"Their one loss was to Mountain Ridge.

"But, the two girls they lost to are two singles girls who won't even be playing in doubles."

In singles, Brannies, a junior, is 9-1 and has been the No.

2 player for Kingman.

"I've kept her down at No.

2 all year,.

I could have played her at No.

1, but she's been picking up so many wins for us I left her there," Juelfs said.

"Maryn is one of those I have so much confidence in.

She's a smart player and she knows what it takes to win.

"She's an instinctive player and she hates to lose.

She can change her game in an instant if that's what she needs to do to win.

"I don't know what seed I'm going to try for her.

I think there are two girls ahead of her that the coaches may give No.

1 and No.

2 to."

Chan, a sophomore, is 9-2.

"She's just a good consistent player.

She and Maryn are like two peas in a pod," Juelfs said.

"She can hit with power and she can taker her power off.

She's pretty good at adapting her game.

"Stephanie can surprise some people.

She can jump in there and go pretty far if she's playing her best tennis.

She's been playing No.

5 for me all year, but that doesn't matter because I could have played her a lot higher.

"She has a good shot at knocking off a lot of people."

The Bulldogs have two matches left before the region seeding meeting on Monday.

They host Ironwood on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

at Centennial Park and visit Deer Valley on Saturday at 11 a.m.

to close out the regular season.