MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Morristown High School girls tennis team will be gearing up for a shortened season beginning Oct. 5 against Montville.

The Colonials are coming off a 9-7 season, with a third-place finish in the Morris County Tournament.

The team loses some key pieces from that team, including first singles player Grace Starcher and second singles player Maddie Siegel. Siegel won the county tournament at second singles last season, defeating West Morris Central’s Gabrielle Nowak, 6-0, 6-0 in the final. Starcher made the final at first singles before losing to Kinnelon’s Claire Zhang, 6-0, 6-0.

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Starcher decided to do a clinic program rather than play her junior season. Anne Merritt, who played at second doubles, is another significant loss. Junior Eliana Milich, who played at third singles a season ago, will return. Alexis Fisher and Madison Silver, both seniors who played at first doubles in 2019 will return. Senior Maddie Beavis also returns for Morristown after playing at second doubles a season ago.

Newcomers are also expected to make an impact.

“A good group of JV players and freshmen will move into varsity spots,” said Morristown head coach Jeff Tukel, who has been with Morristown for 11 years with a
104-81 record. Tukel is in his 26th year of coaching overall with a 405-205 record.

After the opener against Montville, Morristown plays at Mendham Oct. 7. The Colonials return home for a match against Chatham on Oct. 8. The team will be on the road at West Morris Central on Oct. 14 before a home match against Parsippany Hills on Oct. 16. The team will play at Chatham on Oct. 19, at Montville on Oct. 21, at home against Mendham on Oct. 23, at Chatham on Oct. 28, at home against Montville on Oct. 30, at home against West Morris Central Nov. 3 and on the road at Par Hills to close out the regular season Nov. 5.

“Our goal is to play a full season and be competitive,” Tukel said.


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