As the numbers on
the roster grow, Chesterton girls tennis coach Tom Bour hopes the win total
The Trojans won
just four matches last year, but could see a turnaround season as the 2017
campaign starts Saturday at the Logansport Invitational.
“We lost 5 varsity
players and a lot of leadership from last year’s team,” Bour said. “We have
a lot of ability to replace, but our girls worked as hard in the off-season
as any team we’ve had. Once we see success and experience, it kind of builds
and snowballs from there.”
has three seniors, eight juniors, five sophomores and 10 freshmen on it.
“The numbers are
great and a lot of that has to do with our middle school program,” Bour
said. “We’re catching up with the other schools.”
Nabhan returns for her second season at No. 1 singles.
“She’s one of the
best players in the area and we have to build off of her,” Bour said.
“Hannah doubled her off-season work out on the court to the point of five or
six days a week. Her mental game has improved so much and she can hit with
power to dictate points. She moves the ball around with control now.”
From there, the
Trojans have 10-12 kids that could log varsity time according to Bour.
“We literally have
10-12 kids that are about the same behind Hannah,” Bour said. “They could
beat each other on any given day. Every day in practice, the girls know they
have to be ready to play and challenge for their spots.”
Junior Ashley Roof
will hold down one of the other singles spots and senior Ashley Fazekas has
the inside track on the other.
“Ashley Roof is our
next most experienced player and she’ll fit into the singles lineup
somewhere,” Bour said. “Ashley Fazekas will be right there competing for the
No. 3 spot.”
In doubles, the top
four appear to be senior Taylor Nemtuda, junior Rachel Fredenberg and
sophomores Megan Hill and Eliza Tumbas.
will make an impact on the varsity for us this year,” Bour said. “She could
be in the singles or doubles lineup.”
Also competing for
varsity time will be senior Amanda Slivka, along with juniors Kara Maggio,
Korie Berdine and Samantha Fazekas.
“Kara Maggio will
see plenty of varsity time this year,” Bour said. “She worked really hard on
her game and is a great athlete. You can’t teach that kind of athleticism.”