Bettendorf's Isaac Luebke hits a forehand during last year's conference tournament. Luebke is one of four varsity starters returning for the Bulldogs, who were 19-2 in dual competition.

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Individuals to watch

Luke Fennelly, sr., Assumption: Fennelly teamed with Thomas Resnick to claim a Class 1A state doubles title last season. He and returning state singles qualifier Jack Thomas will lead the Knights.

Dev Patel, jr., Camanche: After an all-conference basketball season, Patel returns after finishing seventh at the Class 1A state tournament in singles. The six finishers ahead of him were all seniors.

Joseph Shie, sr., Davenport Central: A three-time state qualifier, Shie was 18-5 and finished second place in the No. 1 singles flight at the conference tournament last season.

Teddy Weaver, sr., North Scott: Occupied the top spot in the Lancers' lineup last year and reached the semifinal round of singles at districts before losing to state runner-up Joe Hoff of Iowa City High.

Teams to watch

Bettendorf: Coming off a 19-win season, the Bulldogs return four of their top six players in Isaac Luebke, Jacob Panjwani, Yash Singh and Mikey Peyvich. Luebke and Singh were fourth at last year's state tournament in doubles. Coach Matt Edwards' team also has one of the better freshman in the state in Jozef Porubcin. "We will be better than last year," Edwards said. "Our depth is one of the best in the state as we have five guys that all could be number one on any given day."

Pleasant Valley: The Spartans were 20-1 in duals and lost in the Class 2A substate final to Cedar Rapids Washington last season. PV did graduate four-time singles conference champion Charlie Humes at No. 1, but brings back Sriram Sugumaran, who teamed with Humes for a 2A state doubles title, Justin Sehlin, Vincent Gnad and Aditya Subramaniam. "We should be very competitive," PV coach Randy Brockhage said. PV has won the last four MAC titles.

Key dates

April 25: Pleasant Valley at Bettendorf

May 4-5: MAC tournament at North Scott

May 11: District meet

May 20: Substate team tennis

May 26-27: 1A/2A individual state tournament


Individuals to watch

Stephanie Bush, sr., Assumption: Returns after holding the top spot in the Knights' lineup last year. She placed fourth at conference in singles and qualified for Class 1A state meet in singles.

Lily Feldman, jr., Pleasant Valley: The team's No. 1 player each of the past two seasons, she was 27-2 and placed fourth at Class 2A state tournament in singles. Feldman was state runner-up in singles as a freshman.

Justine Lange, sr., Clinton: Occupied the No. 2 spot in the River Kings' lineup and earned second team all-MAC accolades in singles and doubles. She placed third at conference in singles and second in doubles.

Emilia Porubcin, sr., Bettendorf: She has finished third place at the state tournament each of the past three years, once in doubles and twice in singles. She and teammate Hannah Borgh will anchor the top of Bulldogs' lineup.

Teams to watch

Camanche: The Indians opened the season Saturday with a 9-0 win over Davenport West and 7-2 triumph against Bettendorf. Camanche had four of its top six players from a year ago in the lineup over the weekend. Paige Edens, the team's No. 1, was a state qualifier in Class 1A a year ago.

Clinton: The River Queens finished second at last year's MAC tournament behind Pleasant Valley. Clinton did not win any of the nine flights, but brings back its Nos. 2, 3 and 4 players in Justine Lange, Riley Hubbart and Kiersten Housenga. Hubbart and Housenga were MAC runners-up in their flight.

Key dates

April 22: North Scott Invitational (11 teams)

May 8-9: MAC tournament at North Scott/Clinton

May 18: Individual regionals

June 1-2: 1A/2A individual state tournament

June 3: Team state tournament

— Matt Coss