SPARTA, NJ – The Roxbury High School girls tennis team stumbled in its 2016 debut Tuesday, losing to Sparta 4-1 on Sparta's home blue courts. 

The first singles match went to Roxbury with Casey Hascup defeating Isabella DeFilippis 6-1, 6-0.

Sparta took the other two singles matches.  Sarah Dioneda beat Jade Manche 6-1, 6-1.  Lauren Danko won over Neema Njoroge 6-1, 6-2.

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Both Sparta’s doubles teams came out on top.  Tatiana Estevan-Ingraham and Jillian Parks beat Sara Dischino and Sam Meneses 6-1, 6-0.  Stephanie Chalef and Meghan Kilby defeated Sofia Martinez and Devon Foster 6-0, 6-0.

Roxbury Coach Peter Flynn has led the Gaels for two seasons.  “We have a few new players so they are a little nervous for their first match,” Flynn said. 

“Winning our first match, I thing we did pretty well as a team,” Sparta Captain Stephanie Chalef said.  “I think we will have a strong season.”

Sparta Coach Jeff Hughes said the team lost most of their players from last year.  This season “it is a lot of new players in new positions.”

The Sparta girls have a busy week.  They will travel to Montville on Wednesday, host Newton on Thursday and travel again on Friday to play Mount Olive.