Sunday, October 18, 2020 | 11:01 AM
Thomas Jefferson not too long ago wrapped up a successful 2020 season in women tennis.
Behind a lineup dominated by juniors and seniors, the Jaguars ended up 7-6 whereas competing in Part 3-3A.
“I believed we have been very aggressive this season and have been very near successful in a number of matches,” stated Chuck Correll, TJ’s veteran coach. “A lot of our losses have been very shut at 3-2.
“TJ is the smallest public faculty district within the WPIAL Class AAA. We’re in one of many hardest triple-A sections.
“I’ll have an skilled group subsequent 12 months, however every participant should enhance her abilities throughout the offseason. We may very well be a menace to make the playoffs.”
The Jaguars’ beginning lineup in 2020 consisted of juniors Christine Rossi and Sydney O’Connell at first and third singles, and senior Shannon Day at second singles.
“Christine Rossi was rather more skilled this 12 months and was aggressive in each match,” Correll stated. “Sydney O’Connell took a giant step ahead this season. I count on huge issues from her subsequent season.
“Shannon Day was a really robust starter at second singles. She was aggressive in each match; she was very constant along with her floor strokes.”
Day is a decided participant who makes use of her quickness to her benefit.
“I believe I had a terrific season. I’m tremendous completely satisfied that I used to be in a position to end out my senior 12 months,” Day stated. “As a singles participant I face a variety of powerful competitors, however I by no means let it deliver me down and at all times attempt to have enjoyable on the courtroom.”
With a gifted group of juniors on this 12 months’s squad, Rossi already is trying ahead to the potential of the 2021 group.
“I’m trying ahead to subsequent season, given our group’s potential,” she stated. “We have now gamers who’re decided and work laborious within the offseason.”
Katie Sonnett, a junior, and Cassidy Como, a senior, competed at first doubles for the Jaguars this fall.
“Katie Sonnett was dominant with superb abilities on the internet,” Correll stated. “Cassidy Como began at first doubles which, with Katie, was our strongest place. Cassidy had a really robust baseline sport.”
4 women performed at second doubles, consisting of the tandem of junior Holly Hannon and senior Alyssa Polakovic, and senior Cindy Oberio and junior Madison Keck.
“Seniors Alyssa Polakavic and Cindy Oberio have been very robust doubles gamers,” Correll stated. “Allyssa was very quick and had nice courtroom protection. Cindy had a robust serve and was dominant on the internet.
“Holly Hannon was a brand new addition to the beginning lineup and improved because the season went on. Madison Keck got here again after dropping the earlier season with an damage. She has a variety of motivation and can enhance subsequent season.”
Two different senior group members in 2020 have been Maansi Shaw and Molly Dixon.
After watching spring sports activities being canceled statewide, Day and her teammates have been excited to play in a fall schedule.
“The pandemic clearly affected our season however I used to be very grateful to have the ability to play,” Day stated. “We couldn’t apply all summer season like we usually do, in order that positively put us at an obstacle. We lastly started apply on the very finish of July and needed to get used to the on a regular basis temperature screenings and masks necessities.
“As soon as the season started, matches have been barely completely different. We not shook arms with coaches or opponents and tried our greatest to keep away from any bodily contact. Aside from that, I’d say our season was as near regular as we may’ve hoped. The group actually got here collectively regardless of the misplaced apply time and I imagine we had a robust season.”
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