As the 2018 regular season approaches, things are looking good for the Passaic Valley girls’ tennis program.
Head coach Jim Holsworth began his third season at the helm with some excellent news, when official practice began in mid-August.
“Our numbers are way up,” said Holsworth. “We were hoping for a good turnout of players and we’ve gotten it.”
Passaic Valley will open the regular season on Sept. 5, with a match at Paterson Eastside, starting at 4 p.m. The team will visit perennial powerhouse Wayne Hills, on Sept. 7 and plays its home opener on Sept. 12, when West Milford comes to town. PV’s home matches will once again be held at Rose Place Park, located in Woodland Park. The facility was beautifully renovated a season ago.
Eighteen players are out for the team this fall, including four seniors in team captain Anna Hosri, Danielle Gaita, Grace Rose and Cat Ferguson. Hosri will be playing the difficult first singles position this year.
Left to right, PV seniors Danielle Gaita, Grace Rose, Anna Hosri and Cat Ferguson. (Click on photo for larger image)
Ferguson will start the season playing second singles and Ella Luz, a freshman will play third singles.
The first doubles team will once again feature juniors Victoria Povolo and her sister, Ashley Povolo. Victoria and Ashley are quintuplets. Among the players for second doubles include Rose, Gaita, Emma Nguyen and Lia Trewhella.
Holsworth noted that practices have gone well.
“We’ve gotten a lot of work in,” the coach said. “We’ve been on the courts around 9 a.m. It’s good to have some experienced players, as well as the new kids, who are excited to learn the game.
With the additional players on the roster, including a number of incoming freshmen, Holsworth knows how important it will be for them to get playing time.
“We’re hoping to get some junior varsity matches on the schedule,” said Holsworth. “Obviously, we want these kids playing as much as possible and learning the game. We’re really happy to have such a good turnout.”