TENNIS Sacred Heart aiming for standout season
A force on the FAA tennis scene for numerous seasons, Sacred Heart Greenwich hopes to hit plenty of winners on the court this spring and it definitely has the potential to do so.
With an experienced group of singles players returning and its top doubles team back, the Tigers should consistently keep their foes on the court each match.
“The team is amazing this year,” Sacred Heart senior captain Nia Foster said. “My freshman year, we were undefeated, but the past two years, we haven’t been. But this year it looks like we are going to have a really good season.”
Foster and doubles partner Megan Farrell, a junior, excelled as the No. 1 spot during the regular season last spring, before advancing all the way to the championship match of the FAA Tournament. The Tigers’ tandem posted a 3-1 record in the FAA Tournament, with their loss coming to St. Luke’s in the final. They should, indeed, be one of the doubles teams to beat this season.
“We have become a really successful pair,” Foster said. “I usually play at the net and she (Farrell) is really good in the back — her groundstr okes are amazing. We’re really good friends, which helps. Hopefully, we can have a really good year and win the FAA title.”
Also returning are several singles players, who contributed to last season’s squad. Stephanie Beshoory, a senior co-captain, is one of the singles standouts back on the court. Beshoory, who played at the No. 3 singles position a year ago, is competing for one of the top spots.
“The team is very strong, this was one of the hardest tryouts we had,” Beshoory said. “There’s a lot of depth on this team, which is hard to come by in high school. We have strong play ers throughout our whole lineup.”
Sacred Heart opens its new season against with a home match against NEPSAC foe Kent School on Wednesday. Here’s a look at this year’s squad.
LINEUP : Sophomore Grace Coale, who produced a strong se ason at first singles as a freshman last year, gives the Tigers strength at the top of the lineup. Beshoory will be relied upon to spark the squad in singles competition, while senior Molly Cadman, a stellar performer at the No. 4 post a year ago. Joining the team is junior Isabella Gunningham, who is competing for a singles role, along with returning players Ursula Vollmer (sophomore). Freshman Claire Pitaro also begin her first season on the squad. Vollmer also performed well in doubles action in 2018.
“We have six very solid singles players,” Sacred Heart coach Anne Fraser said. “I’m very happy with what I’ve seen from each player so far.
Farrell and Foster are looking to be one of the premier doubles teams in the FAA. The Tigers are also hoping Olivia Teklits (senior) and Valentina Grether (junior) and the duo of Morgan Wilkens (sophomore) and Zoe Bucci (junior) can power them in doubles competition.
“Farrell and Foster are very strong,” Fraser said. “They’ve played together for such a long time, so they have developed strategies and game plans. Megan has really improved over the winter on her groundstrokes and volleys.”
CAPTAIN’S COMMENTS : “We had a fun season last y ear, but we are hoping for an even better season this year,” Beshoory said. “Our main goal as captains, is to bring back the determination we had my freshman year on the team — we had a very determined team. This year, I think we have the potential to have a great season.”