Coach Jim Tucker lists varsity match experience as a strength and he expects the Englewood High School girls tennis team to experience quite a bit of …
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Coach Jim Tucker lists varsity match experience as a strength
and he expects the Englewood High School girls tennis team to
experience quite a bit of success in the upcoming 2009 season.
The team began practice Feb. 17. Daily practices are after
school on the high school courts.
The coach said he is pleased with the turnout this season. On
Feb. 19, Tucker said 32 girls signed up for the team but so far, 24
or 25 have turned out for practice.
During the Feb. 19 session, the coach has athletes expected to
see varsity playing practice sets while he focused his time on
about a dozen first-time players, helping them learn tennis
fundamentals. He noted it was chilly and there was a brisk breeze
but he wanted his players to get in as much practice court time as
possible because Colorado spring weather is unpredictable.
Tucker said he is trying to schedule a scrimmage later this
month but, whether or not that happens, the Pirates will open this
year’s schedule on the road March 3 at St. Mary’s Academy. The
matches begin at 4 p.m. The first home match is at 4 p.m. March 5
against Denver West.
This year, as usual, the varsity will play their home matches on
the courts at the northeast corner of the high school building at
3800 S. Logan St.
But, because large cracks have developed in three of the courts
at the high school, for the first time in school history, the
junior varsity matches will be played on the Belleview Park courts.
Belleview Park is at 5001 S. Inca St.
All regular season tennis matches are open to the public and
there is no charge for admission.
Englewood posted a 6-6 dual meet record last year and the coach
said his returning veterans should help the team have a better
record this season.
Tucker said the most likely varsity singles lineup will be
four-year tennis team veteran Kelli Mowrey at No. 1, her sister
Chelsie Mowrey, a three-year team veteran, at No. 2, and Hannah
Houser, a four-year team veteran, at No. 3.
However, he noted they will have to win matches with challengers
including Corrine Winthrop and Crystal Andrewkowski to keep their
The doubles lineup isn’t set but the coach said the probable
doubles teams for at least three will be returning letter-winners
Lauren Watson and Ariel Herrera, Corrine Winthrop and Sofia Rivera
and April French-Mack and Mary Winters.
If all these teams win the challenge matches to move into the
varsity lineup, Tucker will have to form just one more doubles team
to fill out the varsity roster.
Junior Ariel Herrera joined the tennis team this spring for the
She said the only sport she has every played is basketball and
she decided she wanted to do something different, something that
didn’t involve putting a ball through the hoop.
Herrera said she finds tennis fun, except she doesn’t like the
chilly weather she experienced the first two days of practice.
“I think the season will be fun,” the junior said. “I thought it
would be harder to learn the fundamentals than it has been so far.
So, I think we’ll have a pretty good team, we will have a lot of
fun and I am excited because I am going to play doubles with my
best friend Lauren Watson.”
Teammate and returning letter winner Sofia Rivera also will be
She said she played a lot of tennis with her dad, enjoyed being
part of the team last year and wanted to continue the experience
Rivera said she hasn’t played tennis since last season but she
is working to regain the skill level she had at the end of last
year. She said she can either play the net or the baseline but
prefers the baseline.
She also said she comes into the season in good physical
condition by running cross country in the fall and being a member
of the girls swim team during the winter.
“I am really looking forward to the season,” she said. “I think
we’ll do pretty well as a team, win some matches and I think
Corrine [Winthrop] and I will make a good tennis team. We haven’t
played doubles together before but we know each other because we
were both on the swim team. I think it helps to know quite a bit
about your partners when your are on the court together as a
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