September 13, 2006

East Hampton Girls' Tennis Preview Bonackers Will Rely on Youth

After graduating no less than six senior starters from last season's team, East Hampton girls' tennis coach Gary Seaman said, "We have a very young team this season and we'll be challenged because we have lost so many seniors, which was one of our strengths last year. I think that we can still have a winning season even though we are a very young team."

Molly Nolan, a freshman, leads the Lady Bonackers singles squad. "Molly is a powerful player who hits the ball real hard for a ninth grader," her coach said.

Junior Casey Nicoletti is another strong player while Calli Nicoletti, a freshman, is a hustler who gets to the ball quickly and can move on the court. Erika Barco, a freshman, is a solid, aggressive player, giving East Hampton four players who will lead the program into the future.

Jacquelene Emptage, a senior, will likely play fifth singles or first doubles and two players.

Macarena Ramos, a freshman or Hyatt Tortorella, a tenth grader, is also in the #1 or #2 doubles mix. Joneen Murphy, a freshman, and Sarina Peddy, a junior, will anchor one of East Hampton's doubles teams, as will sophomore Vicky Peel-Margraff and sophomore Beverley Keyes.

Another doubles team that is challenging for playing time is juniors Sarah Greenbaum and Sarah Smith. Seniors Erica Jawin and Chelsea Leber are also vying for a starting doubles spot. Juniors Brittany Metzger and Jade Storms round out the Lady Bonackers deep, talented doubles troupe.

"We have a fairly large team this season and we have a lot of players that can contribute in the future," said Seaman, who enters his first year as varsity coach. "Most of the girls are pretty aggressive; they attack the ball and they're scrappy. My ninth graders are going to be the core of this team this season and for the next four years. It's going to be exciting to watch this team grow."

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