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Lady Invaders are starting over

February 16. 2013 5:39PM

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West Scranton enters the Lackawanna League girls tennis season with a new coach, a new lineup and a new schedule.

Jenn Spott is the Lady Invaders' third coach in three seasons.

Sophomore singles player Arianna Goldstein is the only returning starter from last year.

The Lackawanna League's return to a complete round-robin schedule could give West Scranton a boost after struggling in the top division for the past three years.

Spott is in her second year as an autistic support and special educations teacher at West Scranton. She played tennis for Misericordia University after being part of the team at the former Bishop Hannan High School in Scranton.

Goldstein is a likely singles player.

The Lady Invaders will play every other team in the Lackawanna League while looking to end a 19-match league losing streak that dates back to the 2010 season. West Scranton went just 2-32 combined while playing the other biggest schools during the years the Lackawanna League split teams up based on enrollment size.

It will be a new set of players trying to take advantage of the somewhat relaxed schedule. The remaining starters from last year's team graduated.

"We spread the word out from last year because we knew the girls were graduating," Spott said. "We will have a lot of girls who are going to be switching around between singles and doubles."

Emily Flatt, a newcomer to the program, is the only senior on the team.

Junior captain Sara Skoritowski, a likely singles player, won on the roster last year but not part of the starting lineup. Coletta Remke, who may play singles, and Kaitlyn Tokash, who probably will play doubles, are juniors who have joined the team.

"Some of the freshmen will be part of the starting lineup," Spott said. "That will be good for us over the next four years."

Spott said Nicole Sinclair, one of the freshmen, probably will be in the doubles lineup.

West Scranton faces a tough opener Tuesday, August 21 against Abington Heights, which has won 25 straight league matches and claimed the last two Division 1 titles.

The schedule is: Aug. 21, ABINGTON HEIGHTS; Aug. 23 at Riverside; Aug. 27 at Delaware Valley; Aug. 29 at Western Wayne; Sept. 4, WALLENPAUPACK; Sept. 6, VALLEY VIEW: Sept. 10 at North Pocono; Sept. 11 at Mid Valley; Sept. 13 at Holy Cross; Sept. 17, SCRANTON PREP; Sept. 19, SCRANTON; Sept. 24, MONTROSE; Sept. 25, HONESDALE; Sept. 27, ELK LAKE; Oct. 1, DUNMORE.

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