SPORTS: Girls, Boys Tennis Teams Take The Court

Photo courtesy yearbookavenue.com)

(Photo courtesy yearbookavenue.com)

By Catie Rice – Staff Reporter

The boys and girls tennis teams are trying to serve up a successful season.

The girls return many strong individual players who gained varsity experience last season.

“We have a really talented group coming back,” head coach Mr. Kulenych said. “The girls worked really hard in the offseason to get ready for the spring and we should be very competitive.”

The team finished with a 7-13 record last year. The goal for this season is to make states which means the team will need to win 10 matches.

This year’s captains include senior Emma Shea and juniors Victoria Contaxis and Megan Gleason.

Other key players on the team this year are Maeve Rourke (junior), Trisha Brady (junior), Deepika Senthilnathan (junior), Meghana Jaladanki (junior), Brianna Arnold (junior), and Anna Downs (senior).

“The team for this year looks great and we hope to have another successful season,” Contaxis said.

There are several new players that will have an immediate impact on the team this season. Sophomore Brianna Gardner will play #1 singles and freshman Monica Pydipati will play doubles.

This will be Kulenych’s ninth year coaching the girls tennis team.

“Mr. K. always  pushes us to do our best and works with us when we are having trouble during a match,” Arnold said.

The girls open their season on Wednesday, April 6, at home against East Haven.

The boys tennis team, meanwhile, finished off its 2015 season with a 4-13 record and are hoping to improve a lot this year.

The captains for this season are seniors Bobby Phong and Ian Hugo.

Some key players are James Mercaldo (senior), Manar Almidani (junior), Brandon Macey (senior) as well as Hugo and Phong.

“I believe the team is going to be much better if we keep working hard at practice with the help of our coach, Jared Dye,” Almidani said.

The team will have to work hard against  challenging opponents like Xavier and Cheshire but plan on capitalizing against teams such as Wilbur Cross and Career.

The Lawmen have set several team and individual goals for the season.

“Bobby (Phong) is looking to make states again this year and Brandon Macey and I are looking to improve on our six wins last year,” Hugo said. “We also hope to make states as a doubles partnership.”

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