Girls tennis: Wildcats ready for new campaign

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Seymour High senior quad captains (l-r) Katherine Acquavella, Elli Emmanouil, Monica Mordowanec and Olivia Tabaka lead the Wildcats.

The Seymour High girls tennis team is in full swing for the 2013 season.

This season saw a record number of 20 players on the roster — with eight new freshman.

“There has been a pretty good interest in tennis this spring,” Seymour coach Missy Orosz said. “It is very exciting to see the growth in my three seasons with Seymour.”

Leading the charge this year are the four seniors, Elli Emmanouil (first singles player), Katherine Acquavella (second singles player) and Monica Mordowanec and Olivia Tabaka (second doubles team).

In addition, three juniors, Pallavi Kasturi and Cierra Green (first doubles team) and Gabby Zawadzki (third singles player), round out players with valuable varsity experience from last season.

“We have some holes to fill in the fourth singles position and are still coming up with the right combination for the third doubles teams.”

Junior Allison Pratt and sophomore Anita Duquette have done a good job working together in their third doubles spot for a few matches, as well as freshman Madison Baur being able to learn the singles game to play at the fourth single spot.

First-year sophomore Christina Popik has been improving her singles game too and will be trading off in the fourth single spot with Baur.

Seymour’s season record right now is 2-3 with a great win over 2012 NVL champions Watertown, by a 4-3 count.

The season goal for Seymour is to return to the NVL team and CIAC Class S tournaments, as well as sending as many girls as possible to the State Open in June.

“This is a rebuilding year even though our team is so large,” Orosz said. “We have so many girls to teach the proper skills too. Many of the new players, plus some returning players, are multi-sport student-athletes at Seymour.

“We have four soccer and two volleyball players and six swimmers. Just about all the girls play more than one sport which shows their dedication and athleticism.”

Upcoming schedule

April 17 at Wolcott, 3:45

April 19 at Naugatuck, 3:30

April 22, Holy Cross, 3:30

April 24 at Sacred Heart, 3:30

April 26, Kennedy, 3:30

April 29, Wilby, 3:30

May 1 at Crosby, 3:45

May 6, St. Paul Catholic, 4

May 8 at Woodland, 3:30

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