Sidwell Friends

Bill Budke, coach (15th season)

1998 Record: 12-0

With an area-best 56-match winning streak and all 12 players returning from last season's team, the Quakers are expected to continue their run of five straight Independent School League AA championships. Sidwell's four singles players -- senior Katy Milkman, junior Rachel Williams, sophomore Lauren Archer and junior Neda Pisheva -- were a combined 53-3 in 1998. Milkman (12-2) and Williams (13-1) both alternated at No. 1 last season. Archer went 14-0 at No. 3 singles her freshman year, and Pisheva went 14-0 at No. 4 singles. The Northwest Washington private school is also strong at doubles. Senior Alice Goldman and junior Olivia Ma captured the ISL AA No. 1 doubles championship. Senior Lauren Turza and sophomore Lucy Elsbree won the ISL AA No. 2 doubles title.


Ellen Parker, coach (3rd season)

1998 Record: 19-1

The defending Virginia Group AAA champion returns the core of its roster, including three-time All-Met Laura James and sister Kristen. The two paired last season to capture the AAA doubles championship. Laura James, a senior who posted a 25-1 record last season, was the AAA singles finalist. The Wildcats also return sophomore Jessica Vanderdys, who went 21-0 at No. 3 singles. Vanderdys's doubles partner, sophomore Jenny Nolen, moves up to No. 4 singles and junior Paige Topping and sophomore Lindsey Hicks, both alternates last season, round out the singles lineup.


Olga Whiteside, coach (3rd season)

1998 Record: 14-2

The two-time defending Montgomery County champion returns six starters, but lost its top three singles players and will play without the school's highest ranked player. Katerina Lozanova, a freshman ranked sixth in the Mid-Atlantic 16-and-under division, decided not to play for the team. Junior Courtney Klein and senior Amy Harris, who finished third at the Maryland state doubles tournament, take over the top two singles positions respectively. Junior Deirdre Connors starts the season at No. 3 singles and senior Elsbeth Fager, the Vikings' only returning singles player, is No. 4. Senior Caryn Harris and sophomore Amy Welsh make up the top doubles tandem.


Bob Kluba, coach (14th season)

1998 Record: 18-0

Sophomore Felicia Pricenor returns to lead the two-time defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion, which has suffered only one match defeat the past two years. The Arlington private school returns all but one starter from last season's team. Pricenor, who had a 15-3 record at No. 1 singles, will be joined by senior No. 2 Nadia Shek who went 15-1. Junior Christina Slinker, sophomore Joy Higgs and junior Karina Solorzano, who all won their flights at last year's WCAC tournament, also return. No. 3 Slinker went 16-2 and No. 4 Higgs went 18-0. No. 5 Solorzano finished 16-0.


Ernie Tolton, coach (10th season)

1998 Record: 15-2

The Vienna school returns five players who combined for an 84-6 singles record last season, including junior All-Met Player of the Year Katie Ruckert. No. 1 Ruckert went 23-1 and captured the Virginia AAA singles title last fall. Ruckert teamed with junior Mary Kovaric to reach the finals of the doubles championship. Korvaric posted a 19-1 record at No. 2 singles. Junior Ana-Maria Chmiel went 16-2 last season and will play No. 3. Seniors Sandy McCarthy and Emily Flinn and junior Trisha Stapleton round out the singles lineup.