SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Girls Tennis team marked their fourth day of tryouts earlier this week at the Kramer Manor Park Tennis Courts.

Head Coach Gary Wasserman, now in his ninth season with the team, anticipates having seven seniors on his squad. Three players graduated from the team last year. Captains of this year’s team include Sophia Di Ioril and Sophia TumSuden, both rising seniors.

Coach Wasserman had no shortage of praise for the team that is shaping up.

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“This team has a lot of character,” said Coach Wasserman. “If they work hard they can do really well. Above all, this team listens. They want to be better.”

Raiders tennis normally calls the courts at LaGrande Park home. However, the Borough of Fanwood decided to re-do the courts this summer. With the courts now fresh and spotless for the upcoming season, the team is just waiting on the town to put up two more nets. In the interim, the team is practicing at Kramer.

In terms of accomplishments for the season, Wasserman had this to say:

“We are in a very tough division. Going .500 would be great based on the quality of our division. I never ask for layups in terms of scheduling teams – I always want to push the players to be their best against a tough schedule.”

The Lady Raiders open their season on Tuesday, September 6, away in Summit. The team’s home opener will occur on Thursday, September 8, against Oak Knoll. All matches begin at 4:00 p.m. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.