With the FCIAC losing a large number of outstanding players to graduation from 2011, Fairfield Ludlowe coach John Reisert thinks his club stands to gain.

The Falcons lost their fair share of talent, but still returns three players from the club that reached the FCIAC semis and Class L quarters.

But losing seven has not dampened the Ludlowe's spirits.

"We have a great amount of talent," Ludlowe coach John Reisert said. "We're very excited."

Reisert also has reason to be excited. His top-three singles players are two freshmen, Lindsey Evans and Camy Adajian, and sophomore returner Daria Efimov. Efimov was the Falcons' No. 2 player a year ago, and will be such again in 2012.

"I can't say enough good things about them," Reisert said of his underclassmen. "These girls come in with great skill and ability."

Junior Erica Elmslie will round out Ludlowe's singles players.

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Ludlowe's four seniors will all play doubles. Morgan Hilliker moves from No. 3 singles to No. 2 doubles, and will play with classmate Ellen Kovaleski. The top-doubles duo will be Liz Waldvogel and Paige McCormack.

McCormack and Hillker will be the team's captains and Reisert respects the role his team's leaders serve.

"Their job as leaders is going to be even more important," Reisert said. "The captains' jobs will be to teach the young girls how varsity players handle themselves."

Ludlowe's third-doubles team will be Meghan Daley and Molly Boyd.

Because the FCIAC in girls tennis is a formidable monster, Reisert is cautiously optimistic in his goals.

"Greenwich is the team at the top that graduated the least," he said. "But I think we're equal with anybody else and we always have the talent pool enough to play in the FCIAC and state tournament."

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