CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford High School tennis team is standing strong as they move further into the season.
The team is currently 5-2 and stands in sixth place in North Jersey Section 2, Group 3.
“We have a great schedule and all seven of our competing players have worked extremely hard on the off season,” Coach Olivia Devito said. “We are focusing on our players’ abilities, but we also have a truly good group of girls, leaders on and off the courts. We feel like a small family.”
The team is led by captains Jennifer Newport, Emma Didzbalis and Chloe Levy and strengthened by the return of sophomore Riley Thompson, who was prohibited from playing last year due to illness. Thompson was selected as last’s weeks athlete of the week.
“Tennis is an individual sport, but these girls really rally together to help each other during practice and matches,” Devito said. “We have our number one singles (sophomore Riley Thompson) back after an illness last year which prohibited her from playing. I am excited to see where she helps lead the team.”
Devito chalks the team’s victories up to their teamwork, commitment and dedication.
“We have many leaders on the team, but this group of girls is always working together with commitment and dedication,” Devito said.
The girls tennis team will play on Thursday, Oct. 5 against Middletown South. They hope to remain strong following an influx of injuries last year.
“We are looking forward to a healthy and successful season this year,” Devito said.
A full roster of the team can be read below:
1st singles: Sophomore Riley Thompson
2nd singles: Senior Chloe Levy
3rd singles: Senior Jennifer Newport
1st doubles: Junior Julia Sorkin & Junior Hailey Seals
2nd doubles: Senior Emma Didzbalis & Junior Kylie Brown
Alternates: Megan Carey, Josephine Marchesi, and Claudia Newport