In each of the last two seasons the Plymouth South girls tennis team has broken the program record for wins in a year. They’re looking to finish off the hat trick this spring with another season to remember.
PLYMOUTH – In each of the last two seasons the Plymouth South girls tennis team broke the program record for wins in a year. They’re looking to finish off the hat trick this spring with another season to remember.
Despite being down to one court for most of the pre-season because of snow, the 30 girls that tried out for the team impressed Head Coach Tami Degelder with their tennis skills, conditioning and athleticism.
"Things have been great so far. Everyone came in ready to play, so there’s lots of competition for spots in the program," Degelder said. "You could tell that a lot of the girls had worked on their game over the summer and they’d improved their tennis skills."
Plymouth South put together a 17-4 season last season, making it to the second round of the playoffs. After losing just three seniors to graduation, singles player Grace Sullivan, and the doubles team of Nicole LaFountain and Shannon Lyons, there’s no reason the Panthers can’t duplicate their recent success and make another run at the Patriot League title.
"We’ve finished second in the league the last two years in a row, both times to Scituate. All of our matches with them have been close, but they’ve always been able to just beat us. Hopefully this is the year we can finally catch them," Degelder said.
Leading that chase for the title will be senior captains Courtney Carroll, Kat Lombardo, Julia Cronin and Stephanie Morrow.
From her spot at first singles, Carroll’s as sure of a sure win as you’ll find with a 39-1 individual record over the last two years despite taking on the opposition’s top player every match.
"Courtney’s amazing to watch play tennis. She’s as focused and driven of a tennis player as you’ll ever see," Degelder said. "She’s always calm and collected on the court. You can’t get her rattled."
South’s has been successful the last couple of years in finding two more wins from the other four matches each time they take the court. Degelder is still trying to figure out where everyone will slot in, but Morrow and sophomore Allison Carroll are two returning players who could step into the remaining singles spots.
Also in the mix for a spot in the starting group are Lombardo, sophomore Mila Manic, junior Kaitlin Fabrizio as well as senior Erika Larkin.
"We’re still sorting things out," Degelder said. "There’s a lot of talented girls on the team that will be pushing to earn playing time."
Plymouth South hopes to get the year started Tuesday on the road against a very good Cohasset High tennis program. They’ll then be back home for the next two games against Pembroke (Friday) and Silver Lake (Monday).
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