Teams work to overcome youth and inexperience
NEW MILFORD - Both of the high school’s tennis teams are fielding young squads this season, and both are gaining valuable experience that coachesa hope will pay off in the future.
The boys’ team has posted wins over Stratford (5-2) and Bunnell (6-1) so far, doing it with a lineup that includes just three players returning from last year.
“Our team is very young and inexperienced,” Coach Larry Badaracco said. “However, they are a very hard-working group that gives a great effort.”
New Milford dropped matches this week on Monday at Weston and Tuesday at New Fairfield. The week, jam-packed with matches because of previous rainouts, is scheduled to include home matches against Immaculate and New Fairfield and a trip to Brookfield on Friday.
“Hopefully we can get some consecutive days of good weather,” Badaracco said
The Green Wave closes out the regular season with home matches against Bethel on Monday and Brookfield on Tuesday.
“Our goal for the remainder of the season is to qualify our entire team for our third consecutive state tournament,” Badaracco said.
The girls’ team, with four returners from last season, posted its first victory of the season on April 27, a 6-1 win at Stratford.
“We have a very young team this year and are working hard towards improving despite the tough weather,” Coach Jason Arnauckas said.
The team’ s returners are junior captain Alyssa Svinte, who plays first singles; senior second-singles player Emma Cafiero; and the first doubles team of senior captain Kira Joseph and junior Sunita Pfitzner.
“The girls come with a positive attitude and have been in many matches despite the record” Arnauckas said. “We have 12 girls playing their first year of tennis, so we are gaining valuable experience. Helen Ma is a freshman (third singles) that has shown great promise and has played very well this season.”