By Alicia Dziak
Eleven girls make up the SGI Varsity girls’ tennis team. The squad, comprised of one seventh grader, one eighth grader, one sophomore, two juniors and six seniors, is coached by Frank Noeson, a fifth grade teacher at SES.
“Our biggest strength currently is our senior leadership,” said Noeson. “Our six seniors all hold a starting position playing for points. These girls have all had experience playing in close matches, and have the mental toughness to outlast more inexperienced opponents.
A tennis match consists of five points. Three points are singles matches and two points are doubles matches. Whichever team wins three of the five points wins the match.
Noeson explained that, “Each girl who plays a position for points in a match is key,” adding that these girls include:
1st Singles: Co-Captain Kaylee Timmel
2nd Singles: Lily Vanuga
3rd Singles: Kamryn Keys
1st Doubles: Jamie Slotman/ Co-Captain Lexi Tyger
2nd Doubles: Jessica Slotman/Julianna Kraft
The team has a busy schedule, consisting of 19 matches/tournaments/scrimmages. “We play matches Monday through Thursday both this week and next,” Noeson said.
“East Aurora is our toughest competitor currently,” he noted. “They are a perennial power house in division IV. In our first match with them, we lost a very close one 2-3.” Noeson sees the team’s biggest challenge as consistency.
The tennis team “Our team goal was to win the division IV championship,” Noeson explained, while “Individually, our goals are to advance our personal skill sets and improve on our weaknesses.”
The tennis team next works toward these goals on Oct. 11, 13 and 14. Visit springvillegi.org for the full sports schedule.