Familiar faces are back at the top of the Estero High tennis teams this season.
Elliot DeBolt and Rachel Rosman return as the No. 1 players for the boys and girls teams, respectively.
"I think they'll both be real competitive in districts," said coach Steve Alonzi. "Both are real strong. They have a lot of experience and they play well under pressure."
DeBolt cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win against South Fort Myers' Jordan Acevado on Tuesday afternoon. Estero's boys improved to 2-0 with a 6-1 win.
Last year DeBolt lost just two matches and reached the district semifinals. He opened this season losing just one game in a win against Bishop Verot.
Behind DeBolt is a veteran cast. No. 2 is David Wallace, who has rocketed up the Wildcat charts after playing at No. 6 last year.
"He's improved quite a bit. I'm expecting good things from him this year," said Alonzi.
Wallace is off to a 2-0 start in both singles and doubles.
Estero's top five is rounded out by seniors Tyler Pierce (3) and Carl Bleich (4) and junior Jon Holzinger (5). Pierce and Bleich posted 9-2 records in 2005. This season Bleich and Holzinger are 2-0 in singles. Pierce is 1-1.
"I expect all the boys to be real competitive," said Alonzi. "I expect Elliot and Dave to go the furthest of the bunch."
On the girls side, Alonzi has a very young squad.
Rosman, a junior, picked up where she left off last year after an 11-0 regular season which ended with a loss in the district final against Barron Collier. Though the Wildcat girls opened with a 5-2 loss against Bishop Verot on Feb. 16, Rosman won her singles match and then teamed with Taylor Rink to win in doubles.
Estero (1-1) won all seven matches against South, led by Rosman's 6-0, 6-0 win against Emily Martinez. Rink is a freshman playing at No. 2 singles.
"She's really steady," said Alonzi. "The biggest thing I like about her is her hustle."
Another freshman, Chelsie Guffey, is at No. 3. "She shows a lot of potential," said Alonzi.
Guffey lost a tough 7-6, 7-6 match against Verot in the opener, but rebounded with a 6-0, 6-0 win against South's Jessica Doan.
The Campbell sisters round out the top five with senior and four-year player Lindsay at No. 4 and freshman Brittany at No. 5.
Estero's teams are in a new district this season with Bishop Verot, Lehigh, Dunbar, Lemon Bay and Riverdale.