Girls’ Tennis Team Challenged with Tougher Conference

Laura Mallon, Editor in chief

After an undefeated season in 2012 and taking home a conference championship the Girls’ Varsity tennis team was anxious to get back on the courts this fall. With such great success in the past, the team was placed in a higher conference for 2013. Making this new challenge even more difficult is the loss of seven seniors who made up a majority of the 2012 line up. Luckily a surge of new sophomores and a handful of new freshmen joined the team to make up for the huge loss.

The competition in the new conference is tough but Coach Moran and the team had a positive outlook. The season got off to a rough start with first singles player, Danielle Mirabella, being very sick. Unfortunately Danielle was unable to return this season. Also injured for the first four weeks of the season was Lizzy Buccheri, another key player on the team.

Injuries and illness made it tricky for the team to figure out a strong lineup, but many of the girls have stepped up into more difficult positions and have been holding their own. Jaclyn Weiner played first singles in place of Danielle Mirabella, which moved up Laura Mallon into second and Christina Weber in third. The doubles teams consisted of Stefanie Zerner and Gabrielle Interante in first, Olivia Gauck and Julia Kiefer in second, Nicole Ferruggio and Wendy Wasserman in third and Megan Moran and Rachael Obergh in fourth.

Junior, Stefanie Zerner, says “It wasn’t the easiest season since we moved up and important players couldn’t play, but it was still fun. We did a good job and held our own.” The girls ended their season with a record of 4-8.