As far as the early part of the pre-season is concerned, the Weston High girls tennis team appeared to be practicing during the winter last week.
In their first week of practice the Trojans had to deal with temperatures in the 30s as well as some windy conditions and snow flurries. That has not stopped them from trying to get a few things done.
“The girls toughed it out,” said second-year head coach Mary Ann Noyer, who managed to make cuts in the first week. “We’re looking forward to practicing in above 40-degree temperatures.”
With luck the Trojans should experience some warmer weather this week. Such will make it easier in determining who play in what spots.
About 23 girls tried out for the team and Weston will keep 18. Among those numbers should be a lot of depth as the Trojans have quite a few players back from last season.
That team finished 14-5 overall but saw a couple of streaks end as its run of South-West Conference and state Class S titles stopped at five apiece.
A few players also graduated since then, including former captains Morgan Murray and Jessy Gersh. Together they formed Weston’s first doubles team.
Weston also lost Catherine Kravchenko (All-SWC honorable mention) at second singles. Jennie Bear, who alternated between singles and doubles, also graduated.
Although experienced, Weston will be a young team this year with only one senior. Back at first singles is captain Kimmy Guerin. An All-state selection, she is three-time defending State Open singles champ and will play for Wake Forest University next year.
Noyer must still decide who will play in the remaining starting spots but she has plenty of players from which to chose, including junior captains McKenzie Murray and Bari Blitzer. Both were All-SWC honorable mentions at doubles last season.
“We have terrific leadership abilities in our captains,” said Noyer. “I also expect up to be deeper in both singles and doubles this year and to be more competitive in our toughest matches.”
Sophomores Kristen Rivera and Sarah Greisman (All-SWC honorable mention) both have experience at singles and could factor into Weston’s starting lineup again.
In addition the Trojans also have a few newcomers. Sophomore Eleanor Parry and freshmen Andi Rosenblatt, Abbey Roth and Eugenie Portner are all strong additions to the team according to Noyer.
Weston will have to some time to experiment with its lineup as it has a couple of pre-season scrimmages, including one against Ridgefield today (Thursday) and Darien on Monday. It opens the season on Wednesday at home against Lauralton Hall.
Such will be one of a few good teams Weston will face in the league this season. Others include defending champ Newtown and Joel Barlow, last year’s runner-up.
That will not stop Weston from setting the bar high. Once again it hopes to shoot for a championship or two.
“We’ve aiming to retake the conference and state titles, though we know we have a tough road ahead of us,” said Noyer.