Windsor High School girls’ tennis starts season

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Apr. 7, 2011
Thao Le prepares to serve at tennis practice. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Thao Le prepares to serve at tennis practice. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

March 30 brought a glimpse of spring weather, along with a taste of the spring sports season. Surrounded by sunshine and 55-degree temperatures, the Lady Warriors of Windsor High School took to the tennis courts ready to volley and serve their way into another successful season.

Second-year coach Amy Roebelen is looking forward to the first match of the season. “We have a good group this year; about 20 girls overall, each one very hard-working,” she said. “Last year we finished at 9-8 and made it to the states, but lost to Bristol Central in the first round. I’m hoping to improve on both of those this season.”

Even after graduating seven seniors in 2010, the team was fortunate to retain a solid base from which to build. “We have four incredibly strong singles players, all seniors,” Roebelen said. “Today we are having challenge matches to determine who will play in which seed, but they are all equally talented. We also have several first-year players who are showing a lot of promise.”

Division L high school tennis consists of four singles and three doubles matches. “We really do not have one chief rival, but we do have four new teams in our division this year,” Roebelen said. “I’m looking forward to playing some new schools, and the girls having new challenges.”

Reflecting on last season, Roebelen noted areas she would like to see the team improve upon. “We always need to work on the fundamentals, but the most important area I would like the team as a whole to work on is consistency,” she said. “That’s always very important in tennis.”

The Lady Warriors opened their season away against Bloomfield on April 6. The following two matches come at home: April 8 against Middletown and April 11 against Bristol Central. Visit www.casciac.org for the team’s complete schedule.

 

 

Coach’s Corner-

Windsor High School Girls’ Tennis Head Coach Amy Roebelen

Number of season with this team: 2

Seniors: Thao Le, Lynn Cio, Mary Bramucci and Terry Vinh

Goal for the season ahead: “My hope for the season is for everyone to have fun and improve both as individuals and as a team,” Roebelen said.

Complete schedule on: www.casciac.org

           

Spotlight Players-

Mary Bramucci - Senior/Singles: Taking up tennis in the seventh grade, Bramucci played doubles for WHS for three years. “I really like playing singles. It is easier to set up your plan for the next shot without anticipating what your partner may be thinking,” she said. Roebelen noticed improvement in Bramucci at the first practice. “Mary has played all winter, and it shows.” In addition to tennis, Bramucci manages the boys’ varsity basketball team and plays volleyball. She is attending CCSU in the fall and plans to study criminology.

 

Tery Vinh – Senior/Singles: A four-year singles players for WHS, Vinh started playing in the sixth grade. “I like the independent part of the game. My whole family plays, so I guess tennis has always been a part of my life,” she said. Roebelen looks toward Vinh for the experience she brings to the team. “Tery is a very consistent player. I expect her to have a great season,” the coach said. Planning on attending a four-year college, Vinh is interested in studying medicine.


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