Women’s tennis season starts, team hoping for breakthrough year

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By: Lily Zhao <lzhao@hilite.org>

Practicing hard in this new spring weather, Megan Renninger, a number two singles women’s varsity tennis player and junior, prepares for the team’s next match against Noblesville today. Having played in a couple of matches already, Renninger said that she feels confident with the team’s 8-0 start, as of print deadline.

“We have a deeper team than last year with a lot of combined experience and team unity,” Renninger said.

Having a perfect start to the season has led Renninger to believe that the Hounds can make it to State and do well. Also, according to Head Coach Sharon Rosenburgh, because the team only graduated one varsity player last year, most of all the players have returned for another season. Thus, the women’s varsity team will have had a season under their belts and can compete for a strong finish at the State meet, which is their ultimate goal every year, said Rosenburgh.

“Our schedule is very favorable this year because everyone we play against is ranked except for one (team),” Rosenburgh said.

The team’s push for a State title has been favorable. During the April 24 match against North Central, Carmel made history because it was the first time in the program that Carmel had defeated North Central three straight years, with a 4-1 score.

Also, during the April 26 match, Carmel won and became the team champions at the Merrillville Tennis Tournament, with a score of 50—Carmel won over runner-ups Terre Haute North and Chesterton, with scores of 35 and 24, respectively, Rosenburgh said.

Rosenburgh said that the team has had the upper hand in their many matches against Noblesville; Noblesville has never won. She also said that this is a different year with different players, so she wants to prepare for Noblesville as usual, but she said that she will not take the team lightly.

“Usually before the matches, I give them information about the opposing team and we evaluate them,” Rosenburgh said. “I just give them some general information to look at.”

Renninger said that after the match against Noblesville, the team would be focused to do well in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (MIC) Championship at Ben Davis on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. She also said that because Carmel is the reigning champion, she wants to prove to all the other teams in the state that they can repeat their championship run.

“Our team is always excited for the MIC (championship) because there is some great competition there against some of the best schools in the state,” Renninger said. “Making it to state is definitely always on everyone’s mind, but we have to keep taking one state at a time.”

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