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  • Adversity strengthens Green girls tennis

  • This has been a tough year for Coach Sue Ciccolini and the Green girls varsity tennis team.

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  • This has been a tough year for Coach Sue Ciccolini and the Green girls varsity tennis team.
    The all-senior varsity team, which has established a tradition of winning, started this year with a 4-8 record.
    “Unfortunately, we lost two of our varsity players even before the season started,” said Ciccolini.
    Danielle Beyers suffered a shoulder injury, and Rachel Bindreiter is out after an ACL injury. Both are out for the season.
    These injuries did open up positions for the other players, but it has taken time for the team to gel and find winning combinations.
    “It took time to work out the best combinations,” Ciccolini said, “but I feel we have finally found the right lineup. We are looking ahead to finishing up the season on a winning note and going into the Suburban League Tournament with confidence.”
    Kristen Starkey took over the No. 1 singles spot and has held her own against other teams’ best players.
    “Kristen has the toughest matches,” said Ciccolini. “She is our best player and one of the co-captains. She gives it her all and hangs in there in the tough matches.”
    Addie Hujar, whom Ciccolini calls “a very steady player,” plays in the No. 2 singles spot. There, she has established the best individual record on the team.
    Lexi Marchese plays third singles.
    “Lexi is probably the most improved player on the team this year,” Ciccolini said. “She moved up from JV last year and has steadily improved throughout the year.”
    Jenna Jamil and Rachel Dooley represent Green’s No. 1 doubles team. There, they have established themselves as “consistent” and “aggressive” players, according to Ciccolini.
    Kiersten Gregory and Marissa Kirk play second doubles, while Bianca Kontra plays wherever she is needed.
    “Bianca rounds out the team,” said Ciccolini. “She is a very flexible player, and this allows me to use her where she is needed. She has been a real help this year.”
    Despite the difficult times, the team has found strength in adversity.
    “We have gotten to bond as a team,” Hujar said. “It has been challenging. We have all had to adapt to new positions, but this has made us better players. I just hope we continue to do well and have fun.”
    That ability to adapt has strengthened the team in a number of ways.
    “I feel like we have been learning and improving a ton,” said Jamil, who serves as team co-captain. “I think we work well as a team together.”

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