With the capability to switch up on lineups, the Twinsburg girls tennis team has a nice look.
Flexibility with experienced athletes, a bright cast of newcomers, and the fact that some of those experienced players are still underclassmen.
It's a mix that suits the Tigers well.
The Lady Tigers have a nice mix for the present and future under second-year head coach Chris Kuzas.
Meanwhile, Twinsburg's always competitive doubles teams are expanding on their chemistry.
Twinsburg, 5-3 in all matches, suffered a 5-0 loss to Medina Highland, a power from the American Conference of the Suburban League.
"This week went just about exactly how I thought it would," noted Kuzas, after the cross over match against Highland (7-2) Thursday.
"Highland is always a very tough team and should win the American Conference in the Suburban League," said Kuzas. "They are led by two very talented seniors at first and second singles and have a powerful freshmen team at first doubles."
At first singles, Emily Hadler beat Tiger senior Aarushi Singh 6-0, 6-0, at the second singles spot, Rachel Fannin won over junior Grace McIlroy 6-0, 6-0, and at third singles, Sammy Kuczynski edged Tiger junior Shreya Kusumanchi 6-1, 6-2.
"We just weren't able to come up with answers to their shots," offered Kuzas.
In the first doubles match, the Tigers faced a talented duo from Highland that could go deep in the Division I post season.
"Twinsburg first doubles team of Allison Riley and Sahaj Bhambra played really well and had a lot of really good points," noted Kuzas.
Maddie Pawlak and Sarah Sgambati defeated the senior duo of Riley and Bhambra 6-3, 6-0.
"This match was great for them to see the high level of competition that they will need to face in sectionals at the end of the year," pointed out Kuzas.
Kuzas used returning senior Hanna Moeliono and first-year sophomore Ella Bleyl at the second doubles spot to face the tested Hornet pair of Julia Gillin and Jo Oberhaus.
Highland won that spot, too, 6-0, 6-2.
However, Twinsburg showed flashes as Bleyl made her varsity debut.
"That was the first varsity match for Ella, who teamed with senior Hannah Moeliono, and although they lost the match, there were a lot of very good points," stressed Kuzas.
"Ella's play, along with the juniors on the team, show that we will still be a very good team for the next couple of years."
Host Twinsburg won 4-1 over North Royalton Wedneaday to push the league mark to 3-0 in the National Conference.
"This was a close match, as it typically is," remarked the coach. "Doubles continued to be our strong suit with both teams winning in straight sets. All three singles courts went to a third set, with juniors Ashley Veverka and Kusumanchi pulling out big wins."
"Aarushi Singh was the lone lost court at first singles, losing to a very consistent and experienced player in Noelle Kidd," pointed out Kuzas.
"I'm very impressed with how the juniors handled the pressure and won their matches and this win sets up huge matches against Wadsworth (Sept. 11 on the road) and Hudson (Sept. 16 at home)," added the coach.
For good measure, the Tigers won 5-0 at Cuyahoga Falls Aug. 27.
Twinsburg has home matches against Brecksville Wednesday and Kent Roosevelt Thursday before a league visit to Stow-Munroe Falls Sept. 9.