SPARTA, NJ – They are out working on the tennis courts at Sparta High School.  The girls tennis team is looking to veteran coach Jeff Hughes to help them build on last year’s record of 14-8. 

Hughes referred to last year as a building year, having had a number of key players graduate.  This year they have four returning players, having lost only three.

Sarah Dioneda, a junior is slated for the first singles slot.  Junior Jillian Parks and seniors Izzy DeFilippis and Tatian Esteva-Ingram are “playing challenge matches for second and third singles,” Hughes said. 

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The varsity squad will include some new faces this season.  Freshmen Jenna Bargfrede and Reagan Rech together with sophomores Paige Markvicka and Esha Iyer will be possible first and second doubles.

Hughes said he will be working with the girls to overcome tendency to play overly aggressive as well as be more consistent in their play. 

In his 42nd year coaching the Sparta tennis team, Hughes has a positive outlook for the upcoming season and said they will be “stronger than last year.”

The varsity girls’ team will be scrimmaging at home on Friday, August 25 against Passaic Valley at 11 a.m.  Their first game will be on Roxbury’s courts on Tuesday, September 5 at 4 p.m.  They host Mount Olive for their home opener the next day, Wednesday at 4 p.m.