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by Samantha Prevot
The girls tennis team has undergone some inner turmoil. After starting off the season with a new coach, he was dismissed after just one game.Additionally, they lost their first game against Cardozo High School, 4-1.
The match began badly for THHS, with junior Tiffany Lee, senior co-captain Isabel Obrusnik, and co-captain senior Ritika Modi being shut out in the three singles matches.
Although they were crushed in the singles, Harris had more success in their doubles matches. Senior co-captain Catherine Vozikis and junior Brianne Futerman won the first doubles match by a decisive score of 10-6. Isabel and freshman Kea Proko unfortunately lost in the second doubles match, but senior Elizabeth Yakubova and Tiffany rebounded by winning in the last match 5-0.
This was the first and only match for new coach Matthew McMurray, who has since been replaced by former coach Shari Basis. Athletic director Keith Hanson fired him for losing many of the girls’ medicals, which should be deposited with Mr. Hanson, not held by the coach. But that was only the last straw after other transgressions. According to Catherine, “his drills weren’t efficient and he never wanted to take any of the team’s advice or input.” The team looks forward to having their long-time coach back.
The team also discussed how they plan to improve. Catherine said, “We tried a different line-up to see how it would go, but after that game we decided to keep the previous positions we’ve had. With possible wins from our veterans, and our freshman first singles player Lianna Weitzman, we have a promising line-up that might win us several games.”