Making Changes

Heading into the new season, change will be a big factor for the area’s girls tennis teams.

Johnstown will be looking to change its fortunes after going 0-14 last season, while Amsterdam is changing leagues as it makes its move to the Foothills Council.

The league will be about the only difference from last season for the Lady Rams, who return every player from last year’s team, which went 15-3 overall and reached the second round of the Section II Class A Tournament.

Amsterdam closed its tenure in the Big 10 with an 18th straight league title, a 10-0 league record and a 180-match win streak.

The Lady Rams will look to start a new streak in the Foothills Council.

“We’re very excited about entering the Foothills Council,” Amsterdam coach Maura Dargush said. “We are hoping to keep our league winning streak alive and continue it in the Foothills.”

The Lady Rams have some familiarity with the league, having played Foothills Council teams in non-league contests in recent years. Amsterdam went 2-0 against Scotia-Glenville last season, including a win over the Lady Tartans in the opening round of sectionals.

The Lady Rams also will have to adjust to the Foothills Council match format, which features five singles contests and two doubles matches. In the Big 10, Amsterdam played six singles matches and three doubles contests, meaning there will be three fewer spots in the lineup this season.

Kristie Kaczmarek, Ella Dybas, Audrey Flint, Arizona Santiago, Caitlin Gannon, Gabby DiSalvi, Tessa Filiberto, Molly Monge, Prabha Singh and Gianna Quatrini all return for Amsterdam.

“We’re hoping to progress further in sectionals,” Dargush said.

While Amsterdam is looking for postseason success, Johnstown is aiming for progress after a winless season a year ago.

Nicole Clarke will coach the team this season, taking over for Nate McGregor.

Victoria Baker, Alexia Brunetto, Mallory DeFrancis, Chloe Salisbury and Angelee Smith return to the team for the Lady Bills.

Newcomers Kassandra King, Hailey Vidulich and Hannah Warn round out the squad.

“We’re rebuilding and looking forward to having fun,” Clarke said.

Amsterdam and Johnstown open their seasons Tuesday. The Lady Rams are scheduled to travel to South Glens Falls, while Johnstown is slated to travel to Queensbury.