GREEN Four years ago, Green gofl coach Sue Ciccolini fielded a team made up of five freshmen. Normally, this would be a cause for concern but those five young ladies helped win numerous tournaments, win a league title and two of the girls - twins Anne and Maria Zivick - finished runner up in last year's state doubles competition.
And on top of all this, they are in Ciccolini's words, "just nice girls."
This year will be the final year that these girls, nicknamed the "fab five freshmen" by Ciccolini, play tennis at Green before they head off to college.
"I gave them that nickname because it was catchy and went really well with them," Ciccolini said. "But success never went to their heads over all four years and they remained down to earth, concentrating on just playing good tennis.
"They know what to do on the court," Ciccolini added, "but the one concern I have is making them confident in just how really good they are. They have been a delight to coach, a great dream team to have. And this year for the fourth year in a row they won the opening Medina Doubles Tournament, which shows just how much talent they have."
At this point, the team is 9-2 overall and 4-1 in the Federal league. Their only Federal loss was in a close match with Jackson. While this will eliminate any chance for an outright league title, there is still a chance to share the title depending on the rest of the season and tournament play.
The original five girls are twins Maria and Anne Zivick, at first and second singles; MacKenzie Cavalier at third singles; and Emily Capeta and Sophie Kestner at first doubles. Joining the girls at second doubles this year is another senior Abby Kussow, while rounding out the team are juniors Emily Christopher and Kalista Lamm, also at second doubles.
"They have been a great group of girls to work with," Ciccolini said. "But I couldn't have done it without my assistant coaches coaches, Mike Diantono and Julie DeLuca. They have done just a fantastic job with the team over all the years they have coached with me.
For Anne Zivick, this is "a bittersweet year.
"This is our last year and so far it has been going good," she said. "We have all been having fun and competing well. I hope we can take the Federal League title and that my sister and I can do well again in the state tournament."
"I can't believe this is our last season," Maria Zivick added. "Everyone is really playing well and we are really close. Each girl is giving her best effort possible. We are all best friends on and off the court and I just hope we do well in the Federal League and Anne and I can get back to the state finals again."
Seniors' thoughts on the season:
"This year hasn't been too bad, but there have been some hard days. I have only lost once and hope we can win the league title. I have really enjoyed playing singles this year as it allows me to throw in a lot of shots with my game. - MacKenzie Cavalier.
"This is an exciting year for us. It is our Senior year, our last year of playing together. I am working hard with Sophie (Kestner) to be confident and reach our potential as a strong doubles team. I hope we can be successful in the Federal League tournament." - Emily Capeta
"For me this has been an exciting year. This is the third year Emily (Capeta) and I have been doubles partners and it has been a great experience. I have really enjoyed my years on the varsity." - Sophie Kesnter
"This has been a lot of fun for me. I love being on the varsity this year. It has been a challenging season and I have had to fight through it, but I think I have been playing pretty well, and I really like the sport." - Abby Kussow