Girls Tennis Team Improving
by Elissa Waldmuller, Staff Writer
"Auuggggghhhh!" That's the sound of yet another opponent as a tennis ball smashes into her face, leaving a bloody mess and staining the court. Sounds like something out of one of those reality based shows, doesn't it? Well, if that's how you need your sports to be entertained, then the grace and athletic ability of the WG girls tennis team is not for you!
All violence (and reality sports) aside, this year's girls tennis team is finishing up a productive season. The year started when practice began on August 2nd . The regular season comes to an end when sectionals begin on October 1st. If any of the singles players or doubles teams advance out of the sectional, their seasons will continue on into district and regional play, with the ultimate goal, of course, being the state tournament.
These girls don't just like to play on the courts; they also enjoy going out and having a good time. The girls have gone to Cincinnati where they saw the Cincinnati Open, a pro tour event. They've also gone out to dinner as a team and plan to have a camp-out at Patterson's soon. So if you're into playing tennis and having a good time, maybe you should try out next year.
This year's coaches are Mr. Rich Hummel and Mr. Scott Legan. The varsity is comprised of Ashley Jirsa, Kristin Stadler, Marisa Rendina, Abby Ruh, Alexa McKenzie, and Amanda Cochran. Junior Varsity players this year are Priscila Martinez, Betsy Rust, Brooke Ryan, Sophia Masseria, Sarah Masseria, Mandy Echkman, Katherine Jayn, Kaitlin Costello, Leah Maruse, and Christine Trivett.
"Our goal is to get the fundamentals down and build off of that. We try to do our personal best so we can come together as a team," said Ashley Jirsa, varsity captain. You can check out the girls' play to see for yourself if they have the basics down, but don't go if you're expecting bloodshed and "reality sports."