Wayne tennis team is young


Tennis team falls to Fairborn, Greenville

By Greg Smart - gsmart@civitasmedia.com



Wayne girls tennis team members in the bottom row from left to right are Lyann Trinh, Kristen Hooker, Ameera Salah, Emily Miller, and Kaya Stargel. Top row: Coach Isabel Pappaterra, Sidney Bailey, Lauren Smith, Emilee Sykes, and coach Thomas Secor.


Photo by Greg Smart

By Greg Smart

gsmart@civitasmedia.com

HUBER HEIGHTS — The Wayne girls tennis team kicked off this week sporting a young team. The Warriors have eight girls this year and only one senior.

Girls tennis lost some big weapons from last season, but are excited about the returning players and new arrivals,” according to Coach Thomas Secor.

Playing first singles for the Warriors will be sophomore Sidney Bailey.

“She is an amazing player that strikes the ball with force,” said Secor. “She is going to be challenged this season, but will make this team extremely better for the future. We are looking forward to her development in the future.”

Playing second and third singles will be several players. According to Secor, the Warriors are looking for someone to emerge from their young lineup. Newcomers Kristen Hooker and returning players Emily Miller and Lauren Smith are going to be called on to step up and play well. So far, Coach Secor said he has been impressed with their growth and ability to face challenges.

Doubles will be a new experience for the Warriors with new players learning to play with a teammate. Ameera Salah, Lyann Trinh, and Emilee Sykes will all be playing doubles this season.

“These players have become good tennis players and take directions very well,” said Secor. “Learning strategies and having consistent play will be important for this group because a team win without these doubles is going to be difficult this season.”

Freshman Kaya Stargel has yet to play a varsity match this season, but is looking to “make a big impression on the team.”

“She will definitely be given the opportunity at several spots this season for varsity,” said Secor.

The Warriors fell to Fairborn and Greenville 5-0 to start the season, but they have improved since the Fairborn match. Coach Secor said he could see the lack of experience and nerves in the Fairborn match and that these matches are learning experiences for this young team.

The team rebounded against Greenville, but still fell short 5-0. Secor said that each player improved their game and made a “great effort” in the hot weather.

The team looks for their first win this week as they play Lebanon and Trotwood and compete in the Schroeder Invitational.

Reach Greg Smart at 937-236-4990, ext. 2542 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com,

Wayne girls tennis team members in the bottom row from left to right are Lyann Trinh, Kristen Hooker, Ameera Salah, Emily Miller, and Kaya Stargel. Top row: Coach Isabel Pappaterra, Sidney Bailey, Lauren Smith, Emilee Sykes, and coach Thomas Secor.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2015/08/web1_Tennis_431.jpgWayne girls tennis team members in the bottom row from left to right are Lyann Trinh, Kristen Hooker, Ameera Salah, Emily Miller, and Kaya Stargel. Top row: Coach Isabel Pappaterra, Sidney Bailey, Lauren Smith, Emilee Sykes, and coach Thomas Secor. Photo by Greg Smart
Tennis team falls to Fairborn, Greenville

By Greg Smart

gsmart@civitasmedia.com

Reach Greg Smart at 937-236-4990, ext. 2542 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com,

Reach Greg Smart at 937-236-4990, ext. 2542 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com,