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Pirates tennis team seeing net gains

Englewood girls getting better at game as season moves forward

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Englewood's girls tennis team is basically young this season, with tennis competition veterans at the three singles spots and newcomers to the sport making up the doubles teams.

“We are solid at singles because we have two seniors and a junior who have played varsity tennis,” Pirates coach Erika James said April 5. “However, we are very young at doubles, with one senior and seven freshmen who all are new to the sport of tennis.”

The coach said junior Mason Lores plays No. 1 singles and is 2-2 on the season while senior Maryah Hoeft plays No. 2 singles and has the team's best record at 4-1. Both Lores and Hoeft played tennis for James last season and they also played volleyball for her.

The coach said senior Jennica Celis-Merrbaugh playing No. 3 singles. She is a returning tennis team veteran but this is her first season playing singles.

As the coach mentioned, all the doubles team players are competing in high school varsity for the first time.

The doubles lineup changes but generally senior Samantha Vielbig and freshman Jazmine Herrera are teamed up at No. 1 doubles.

When she plays No. 2 doubles, freshman Herrera joins freshman Haley Kelly on the court.

The all-freshman No. 3 doubles team is Lin Alsubhi and Alejandra Aparicio while freshmen Trianna Perry and Genesis Rivera join forces at the Pirates No. 4 doubles team.

“Although the doubles team players are new to varsity tennis competition, they are doing a good job learning the game,” James said. “Our doubles teams have won some sets but no doubles team has won a match. But they practice hard, they play hard and the girls playing doubles for Englewood are better tennis player than they were when we started practice.”

The coach said all the players are multi-sport athletes. She said they played winter sports and it was a challenge to from the indoor sports to being outside. The coach said many of the girls battled colds, Hoeft battled pneumonia twice and Lores had the flu over spring break.

The team is 1-3 overall and 0-1 in league. The Pirates began a full schedule of league matches April 10 against Fort Morgan and the final regular season match is the Colorado 7 League tournament April 27. The league tournament site has not been set.

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