Preview: Westerly girls tennis

Preview: Westerly girls tennis



Head coach:

Terence McAndrew (4th season).

Assistant coaches:

Daryl Bender, Greg Ferraro (volunteer).

Last year:

Dakota Busch posted a 22-0 record and claimed the state singles title in her senior year. Westerly was 5-11 overall and in the league.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors:

Faith Bailey, Salome Otero.

Juniors:

Jessica Calabrese, Julia Garro, Emma Harold, Merissa Letizio.

Sophomores:

Grace Brinton, Molly Clark, Gianna Ferraro, Verena Ghattas, Cecelia Haase, Elena Murdock, Ilianna Parra, Lily Tria.

New to varsity:

Junior:

Maryanne Elliott.

Sophomores:

Anne Hornig, Nele Nitsche.

Freshmen:

Sofia Chronister, Lainey Corina, Kaleigh Pasell, Margaret Stahl.

Outlook:

Westerly will be without Busch, who played No. 1 all four years.

Ferraro, a first-team All-Division selection last season, will step into the No. 1 spot.

“Gianna is very strong from the baseline and she has proven she can rally with anyone in the state,” McAndrew said. “The one thing that we want to see her do is probably have a little more trust in her groundstrokes in the big matches. If she plays her game, she will be just fine.”

Tria, Pasell, Bailey, Murdock and Clark will all battle for the other three singles spots.

The doubles positions are pretty wide open.

Brinton, Letizio, Calabrese, Brinton, Garro, Corina and Elliott are among the leaders in doubles, but at this point nothing is guaranteed. The team has missed several days of practice due to the extreme heat, and challenge matches still have a ways to go.

“A bunch of girls have improved over the past year,” McAndrew said. “Everyone is going to get the opportunity via challenge matches to make the doubles lineup.”

Westerly will spend more time on player development this season as it looks to make a serious run at the division title in another season or two.

Coach’s take:

“Our No. 1 focus is going to be improving the technique of our really young players. Hopefully, by their senior season they can make a run in the state tournament.”

— Keith Kimberlin


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