The Fauquier High girls tennis team has endured many significant changes since last school year. Earlier this month, though, it was back in a familiar place: third at regular season's end.

With new coach Becca Isaac at the helm and playing in the fall instead of the spring, the Falcons compiled a 5-2 record to finish No. 3 in their district for the second season in a row--although last spring they were in the Group AA Northwestern; now they're in the AAA Commonwealth.

"We were very happy with [third place] because we didn't know what to expect with AAA," Isaac said. "We were nervous about it."

Fauquier finished third at the district tournament Oct. 10 after defeating Sherando, 7-2, then falling to North Stafford in the second round, 5-4. No. 1 Katharina Klimek, No. 4 Rebecca Boyles, No. 5 Maria Schwieder and No. 6 Laura Dammer won singles matches for the Falcons, but they faltered in doubles. North Stafford finished second in the tournament, behind Stafford.

"We had a great season," Isaac said. However, her team loses Klimek--an exchange student from Germany who went 6-1 during the regular season--and seniors Schwieder and Danelle Thie (No. 3). Look for Boyles, a freshman, and second-seeded Amanda Weir to step up next year. "But there are a lot of other good players that didn't get to be seeded," Isaac said. "We'll be looking good for next year."

Dragons Move Closer to Title

Notre Dame defeated Randolph-Macon on Tuesday, 4-3, in Front Royal. For the Dragons, in singles, Kristen Ritenour shut out Jessica Pickett, 8-0, at No. 2; Clair Kettering routed Donna Rehling, 8-1, at No. 3; and Cara Pinciaro topped Joanna Donahue, 8-2, at No. 5. In doubles, Ritenour and Coco Combemale defeated Pickett and Rehling, 9-7, at No. 1. The team closes out the regular season against Seton on Tuesday at the Foxcroft School. A win over Seton would give Notre Dame its second straight Delaney Athletic Conference regular season title. . . .

The DAC singles tournament championship was held yesterday; the team tournament will start Oct. 26.