Girls tennis looks to build on existing team chemistry

First-time varsity players look to contribute to team success

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Olivia Jackson

The PV girls tennis team practices on the court. Valley will aim to use its existing team chemistry to win matches this season.

Noah Silver, Assistant Sports Editor

The girls tennis team has chemistry, but perhaps at the expense of experience. PV will attempt to overcome its inexperience as much of the team will be playing on the varsity level for the first time this season. (Noah Silver)

Coach: Tom Gallione (7th year)

Last Year’s Record: 6-12

Key Returners: Ava Quinn (Sr.), Alexis Ban, (So.), Amy Hoffman, (So.)

Key Losses: Lily Glastein, Hailey Juillet

Strength of Team:

Many players who will be coming up from junior varsity to play varsity this season have played together for the past couple of years, which will likely boost team chemistry.

“There is a core of four to six girls who consistently played well together,” Gallione said.

Weakness of Team:

Junior varsity tennis and varsity tennis are very different, and with the majority of the team playing varsity for the first time this season, it will take some getting used to.

“That inexperience will be a key factor as well,” Gallione said.

Outlook:

Gallione looks to make it through the season without any problems with COVID-19, in addition to being able to qualify and compete for the state tournament and finishing high in the league rankings.

“The biggest thing not just for girl’s tennis, but for all the sports is being able to enjoy the time you have competing right now as a team, because who knows if we’re going to have a winter season, [and] who knows how the spring is going to play out,” Gallione said.

Coach’s Comment:

“They have a chance right now to get back on the courts and I really just want them to have fun and enjoy being with their friends and competing for PV. If we can do that, everything is great.”