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IN THE NEWS: MSDA Tennis Squad Improves to 10-8

By NANCY D’UVA, The Progress Contributing Writer
Nov 19, 2018

CALDWELL – The Mount St. Dominic Academy tennis team turned things around this season. After finishing with just one victory in 2017, the team improved to 10-8.

“The team really stepped up this year,” said head coach Brianna Turano ’10. “Not only was our overall record better, but they came together and were determined to win. In practices, they worked on what they struggled with in matches, and in matches they always played their best tennis.”

Turano said two highlights of the season were matches against Caldwell and Verona.

“Although we lost, two of our best matches were played against Caldwell and Verona,” she said. “Each match was close and each player had to work for every point. We lost 3-2 against both teams, but the girls left it all on the court and it showed me how dedicated they were.”

Turano said every team member performed well this season.

“Honestly all the girls had a great season,” Turano said. “My juniors really showed me how committed they were to the team and to improving their play. My number two and three singles, Taylor Schmey ’20 and Julie Schramm ’20, really were fighters in every match. They were usually the last two on the court, and it didn’t matter if they won or lost the first set because they never lost sight of the end goal and fought for each point.”

Turano added that Schramm was new to the team this year.

“Julie surprised me with how well she performed as a singles player after being a doubles player,” Turano said. “She fit right in with the girls, and that to me is so important.”

The team will lose six seniors to graduation, two of which were starters.

“We have two starting seniors who have been on the varsity team since their sophomore year and have improved their skill every year since,” Turano said. “This year Michaela Smith ’19 and Alissa Sebastian ’19 were our captains and the team responded well to them. They led by example on and off the court and that is something myself and the rest of the team will miss. We also have four other seniors leaving us, Lily Coyle ’19, Gabrielle Kedrie ’19, Natalie Nasti ’19, and Christina Liggio ’19, who started last year on JV and played and won some crucial matches for us on varsity. This year’s team was the closest I have seen so far, and I hope that continues on with us losing so many seniors.”

Turano said next year’s team will face some adjustments.

“Next year we are going to lose two of our starters which will be hard,” she said. “The girls are going to be working hard in the off-season and although our doubles teams will change and the No. 1 singles spot will need to be filled, I have no doubt that we will be ready next year. I have already seen so much improvement and I am excited to see what next year’s team will look like.”

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