RANDOLPH, NJ- With several matches already under their belts, the Randolph Varsity and JV Girls Tennis teams are off to a solid start.
Last week, both Varsity and JV won their matches against Morris Knolls, the team had mixed results against Pope John, with JV winning its match but Varsity suffering a loss, and both teams fell to Chatham, whom they played on Friday. On Monday, Morristown defeated both Varsity and JV, but the team rebounded on Tuesday to handily defeat Mt. Olive.
Varsity Co-Captain Gitanjali Iyer is optimistic about this season. “Our team’s strengths this year are definitely experience at first and second singles and first doubles. The team also has strong [interpersonal] relationships with each other!” Gitanjali explained.
JV’s new coach is equally enthusiastic about the team’s prospects. Daniel DiNozzi, who took over as JV Coach after Coach Pete Litichevsky retired from the Randolph School District, said, “I am excited to work with the JV team this year because I get to pass on some of my knowledge and passion about the sport to the girls and hopefully see them grow as players over the course of the season.” Coach DiNozzi brings a great deal of experience to the team. “I played four years of varsity tennis in high school, three of which I played at the first singles position, and was a captain of my team for three years,” he said. Coach played club tennis when he attended TCNJ.
Looking to the season ahead, Coach DiNozzi praised all of the girls for their willingness to learn and improve. “The strengths of my team are that they are so close as people. This makes working together on the court a lot easier,” he said. Varsity Co-Captain Iyer echoed that sentiment. “I’m very excited to have new players on Varsity,” she said, adding that she hopes that the team will become more aggressive this year and become even closer as teammates.