Girls Tennis Preview TO THE TOP: Southern Regional senior Gabby Tapia takes over the top position at singles this fall, as the Rams look to claim a winning record with mostly a new lineup. (File photos by David Biggy) Sometimes the cycles are such among girls tennis lineups that, at some point, most or all of the singles positions receive a new crop of players, or at least one or two who had played in doubles positions during previous seasons. All three local high school squads are in such a position this fall.
“We graduated six of our starting seven from last year’s team, which went 14-2 in dual matches, 14-4 overall, and took third in the Ocean County Tournament,” said Southern Regional coach Howie Madesen, whose Rams opened up with Toms River North on Wednesday, Sept. 7. “We have had a very successful JV program, but it is a difficult jump to the varsity level. Hopefully, our girls will progress and keep improving. Our goals will be to finish at .500 or above, place in the county tournament and qualify for the state team tournament.”
One interesting aspect of the Southern program is that it seems, no matter the year or how many players it graduates following the previous season, the Rams always have a crew of seniors ready to step into starting roles after several years at the junior varsity level – meaning they’ve already been playing the game and know it, even though there have been seven girls […]