The Bulldogs, who completed 6-9 final fall, return seven starters, making for a promising season.
Coach David Ryley will miss his 2020 graduates, All-League performer Joanna Galbo, Olivia Lynch and Lila Younger. However the squad welcomes again three singles gamers and 4 doubles gamers with expertise.
“We now have a pleasant group,” Ryley stated this week. “The gamers work laborious and respect that we’re out right here. Numerous them misplaced their spring [sports] season, and in the summertime there have been a lot of doubts about this fall season.”
Among the many singles gamers, junior Maura Lane (an All-League choice) and sophomores Isabelle Ray and Farah Jaafar return. For doubles, it’s seniors Kelly Murphy (additionally All-League) and Alex Moroch and juniors Emma Sandison and Lindsay Darcy.
“We’re searching for management from Kelly and Maura,” Ryley stated. “I’m additionally excited to see how our sophomore singles gamers have improved.”
Ryley is a variety of gamers to fill out the roster, together with newcomers Elizabeth Ruffy, Gretta Anderson, Brianna Moleano, Nina Rivers and Tamar Adams.
“No less than 4 of them can be varsity starters,” the coach stated. “All of them have improved considerably, engaged on their very own.”
Ryley stated that, with a shortened season as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, half of Beacon’s 10 matches can be towards Hendrick Hudson and Lourdes, who’ve historically been formidable opponents. “It might be powerful to enhance considerably,” he stated. “However that’s the way you get stronger, by taking part in good groups. We’ll be stronger than we have been final 12 months, and the long run appears good.”
Beacon will open the season on Tuesday (Oct. 13), internet hosting Hendrick Hudson. Its schedule additionally contains Poughkeepsie, Ketcham and Brewster.
So far as protocols, Ryley says his gamers are on board. “I’ve been happy to this point,” he stated. “They’ve been sporting masks by way of follow; all of them know what’s occurring. Proper now, day-after-day we get to play is a blessing.”