SPOTSWOOD, NJ - With only three players returning to the lineup, the Spotswood High School girls varsity tennis team is looking at a rebuilding year for the 2019 season.
"Our weakness is inexperience," said Chargers head tennis coach Daniel Krainski. "We only have three players returning and we are still working out each position."
Krainski has been at the helm of the Spotswood High School girls tennis team for only three seasons, but has coached the boys tennis team for several. He coached the boys tennis team to a Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division title in 2018 and was also tapped as both the Blue Division and the GMC Coach of the Year for that championship season. It was the first Blue Division title for Krainski as a head coach. Kraniski has also been an assistant coach for the Chargers football program and a head coach for the wrestling team.
The Chargers struggled on the court to earn a win two seasons ago, but improved to 4-13 last fall. Spotswood lost singles players Mirit Giris and Marina Girgis as well as doubles players Emily Michaels and Alix Lemiere to graduation. However, the team had an influx of players in 2018 to help fill out a varsity lineup this season. Key newcomers include senior Delaney Yaniak, juniors Chloe Donelan and Lindsey Michaels, sophomore Axelle Lemiere and freshman Angelina Moschella.
Krainski has varsity experience with his three returning players. Senior Gabby Zeron saw action at second singles last season and fellow seniors Karen Mausser and Elizabeth Sullivan both played second doubles for the Chargers in 2018.
"Our strength is our team first philosophy," Krainski said. "Each player on our team knows their expectations for each match and look forward to executing their plan."
"Spotswood is looking to improve on our record from last year," Krainski continued. "Each spot will have a different player in it, but these players have been working extremely hard to improve their skills and show it this season."
The team has been out on the courts every morning since fall practice began earlier this month and is excited for their matches to begin. Spotswood opens the 2019 season on Thursday, September 5 with a home match against Carteret High School. The team then travels to Colonial Park for an away match with Bound Brook High School on Friday, September 6.
On Monday, September 9, the team plays North Brunswick at Veteran Park. The team has a few practice days before traveling to Warren Park in Woodbridge to play Perth Amboy High School. Spotswood returns home to play rival South River High School in a rare weekend match on Saturday, September 14 at 10 a.m. All of the Chargers home matches are played on the Spotswood High School Courts on Summerhill Road.