SWHS girls’ tennis team starts season with scrimmage

By Felicia Whatley - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Apr. 5, 2012
The South Windsor High School tennis team prepares for a scrimmage. Photos by Felicia Whatley.
The South Windsor High School tennis team prepares for a scrimmage. Photos by Felicia Whatley.

The girls' varsity tennis season for South Windsor High School opened with an unplanned scrimmage against Ellington on April 3. The scoring was not too important, but it was good practice for both teams.

“It doesn't count, but I could not pass up the opportunity to practice,” said coach Frank Rizzuto, who is also a social studies teacher at SWHS.

He motivated his team as they stretched out and prepared to take on Ellington.

“Keep yourselves alive out there. Step into that ball; keep the ball in front of you and make contact. Be laudable and score your sets. Enjoy the afternoon,” said Rizzuto.

Some of the teammates talked about their experiences. Rachel Wolf, a junior who plays doubles, commented, “It is good to get out and play our first match - a scrimmage today. Our strengths are our teamwork and our competitiveness. We will work on getting to know other players and that will help us strengthen our shots anyway we can. Our coach is very supportive and positive.” Wolf has been playing tennis for four years.

Sophomore Tiffany Romano has been playing tennis since she was 6 years old and thrives on the competition. “I love that this is a single-person sport,” she said. “It's fun and I can get all my energy out on the court. Last year we did really well. We lost only three or four matches and won most of them. I play singles and doubles. I want to play in college, maybe URI. Possibly I hope to go for a college scholarship,” she said.

Romano also represents SWHS in indoor track, so she said it doesn't conflict with tennis season. She competes in the 400m, 200m, and even 800m relays as a sprinter. “This is when I play tennis. My favorite part about the sport is the intensity. I do well under pressure,” Romano said. “Coach Rizzuto is very honest and uplifting. He knows how to get the team ready for a match.”

Rizzuto watched as his team played the scrimmage and said, “This is a great sport with a good group of kids. I think the greatest challenge is to take an individual sport and wrap it up as a team sport. A strength is that we have veteran team. Out of the 18 total we had 13 return from last year. They must enjoy the experience. To win the CCC North conference, Glastonbury is a tough team to beat, but we have a competitive team.”

South Windsor beat Ellington 6-1 in the varsity scrimmage.

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