Girls’ Tennis Serves an Ace

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Wantagh Varsity Girls' Tennis Team

Jake Kaplan, Sports Editor

The Wantagh High School Girls’ Varsity Tennis Team made a lot of racket this year. Led by Coach Moran and Captains Brenna Kenney and Belinda Liu, the team was unbeatable. They went 12-0 and won two playoff games and a conference championship. Wantagh tennis was the only undefeated fall Varsity sport.

Girls’ Tennis beat both New Hyde Park and Clarke in the playoffs. Before this season, the team hadn’t been conference champions since 1999, making this a momumental year for both the girls and our school.

The line-up this year was full of talent. The singles players were Danielle Mirabella, Jaclyn Weiner, and Renee Novotny. They had been especially successful and defeated many opponents. Danielle Mirabella was undefeated.

The doubles players this year were led by first doubles players Brenna Kenney and Belinda Liu. This was their second year as a doubles team. Second doubles were Alyson Mintz and Christine Kiefer. The third doubles players were Stefanie Zerner and Laura Mallon. Completing the starters were the fourth doubles players Kelly Van O’Linda, Christine Impieri, and Christie Sinacori. The team this year was especially large and there were many alternates. The alternates were Olivia Gauck, Gaby Interrante, Lizzy Buccheri, Natalie Bloniarz, Sophia Liu, Julia Kiefer, Nicole Ferruggio, and Elizabeth Martin. The team manager was Jake Kaplan.

Captain Belinda Liu commented on the uniqueness of this year’s team. “This year, the team became especially close. We had more members than previous years and that has ironically brought us closer.”

She went on to discuss this year’s successes, “We are undefeated this year. We’ve always been an ambitious team. Our undefeated season reflects this. More importantly, we just enjoy playing the game and being part of this team.”

Liu believes that their successes have come from the leadership of their coach, Coach Moran, or Mo for short. “Coach Mo has been great throughout our high school career. She always motivates us to be our best.”