September 13, 2006

Hampton Bays Girls' Tennis Preview Lady Baymen Have Strength in Singles Play

Junior Sharon Siegel leads the Hampton Bays girls' varsity tennis team this season, possessing a strong forehand, a superb ground game and a willingness to put in the extra work in order to continue to improve her game. And when she cranks that forehand, opposing players better be on the lookout!

Taylor Diffley, a seventh grader, is new to the team although she displays all the traits of a fierce competitor. Her game is still developing as the Lady Baymen's #3 singles player. Caitlin Diffley, a freshman, Taylor's older sister, is also on the team. Senior Lisa Petrolito has settled into the #4 singles position.

At first doubles, Hampton Bays will feature a team of ninth graders in Megan Johnston and Elaina Warner — a new team that is "very coach-able," according to head coach Susan Siegel. The Lady Baymen's second doubles team is comprised of two more freshmen in Melanie Alberti and Anna Blydenburgh while the third doubles showcases sophomores Winnie Decker and Shauna Martel. Junior Elizabeth Muralles, sophomore, Katherine Linares and freshman Hope Brosnam will also see playing time this season.

"I think their willingness to take instruction and to make changes" are one of the team's strengths, said Siegel. "They're hard workers and they don't complain. One of our biggest strengths is in our singles play . . . I'm not sure who will step up in our doubles; we'll have to wait and see. I know we'll have a fun season."

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