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Girls Tennis opening in Logansport

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By TR HARLAN

As the numbers on the roster grow, Chesterton girls tennis coach Tom Bour hopes the win total does too.

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.”

Chesterton’s roster 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.”

Junior Hannah 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.

“Taylor Nemtuda 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.”

 

Posted 4/7/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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