(Editor’s Note: Victoria Kisling is a senior at North Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPinto North Plainfield.) 

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The North Plainfield High School Lady Canucks Varsity Tennis Team began preparing for the 2016 season in mid-August and, despite a hard fought effort, finished 1-12.

“Playing in a very competitive conference we have lost half our matches 3-2, which indicates a slight switch. Either way decided the outcome,” said the team’s coach and NPHS world history/ psychology teacher Roger Graubard, adding that despite the numbers in the win-loss column, North Plainfield’s “doubles teams are ranked second and third in conference and our singles continue to knock on the door of success.”

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Graubard has many years of experience in tennis; he has played for 59 years and he has been coaching for 47 years. He has coached the school’s boys varsity tennis team for the past four years and was originally supposed to coach the Lady Canucks Soccer Team in the fall. However, he chose to return to tennis, with 2016 marking Graubard’s first season coaching the Lady Canucks.

“I asked to coach the girls hoping I could help improve their skills,” he said. “Overall we did!”

When asked what he felt the major differences between coaching the boys and the girls, he said, “The girls are very hungry to learn and work hard thus the vast improvement, yet the girls are involved in more competing activities while the boys have had slightly more experience and have limited their other activities sometimes to the extreme to master the game.”

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