Experience will help girls’ tennis | SierraSun.com

Experience will help girls’ tennis

A solid roster is what any coach hopes for. For girls’ tennis coach Laura Borghello, returning 10 players from last year’s squad helps.

This year’s girls’ tennis team has more veterans than last year. Borghello is returning 10 of last year’s 16 players and is bringing in another five first-year players.

For her team there is at least one key ingredient: Athleticism.

“We have a lot of good athletes on the team,” Borghello said.

The squad has about the same strength all over, with maybe just one or two players leading the way.

“We don’t have any girls that stand out as exceptional,” Borghello said. “Except maybe our number one singles player (Andrea Roegiers), whom I think is going to win a lot of matches.”

Another key ingredient: Motivation.

“It’s a pretty motivated group,” Borghello said. “They have good attitudes.”

For the end of the season, the team wants to finish in the regionals.

“I think that our team has a very good chance of making it to the regional playoffs,” Borghello said. “We’re hoping to come in third because then it’s a little easier in the playoffs because you’re playing number two and not number one.”

For the standouts, Roegiers won’t be standing alone.

“Shelly Ratto is fairly strong,” Borghello said. “She played singles for us last year but I think I may put her in doubles this year. I think she’ll be a good doubles player this year.”

“(Roegiers) is real steady,” Borghello said. “She has good fundamental strokes. I think she is going to do real well this year”

Even a newcomer has the coach’s eye.

“Lauren (Nauman) is new to the team this year, but she’s been taking some lessons and she’s a great athlete,” Borghello said. “I think she will be a real welcomed addition to the team. She is very motivated, she is improving. I can see it daily in her skills because she’s so athletic.”

Adamski wants Roegiers to play in the front this year, but competing against the opponents’ best every time isn’t what she has in mind.

“I really don’t want to play number one because you play the best people,” Roegiers said. “But somewhere up there.”

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