West Orange Girls Tennis Serves Against Tougher Schedule This Year
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 • 12:47am
WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange varsity girls tennis team boasts quite a bit of individual talent. Although their current record for the season stands at 4-8, the team remains competitive after moving up into Division A play.
Senior Lindsey Tortora plays first singles. She currently has a personal record of 8-4. Coach Jay Gitter said, “Ever since she has been playing first singles as a freshman, has been incredibly consistent, and we’re really happy with that.”
Gerardine Jean-Baptiste and Dasha Temniy are both playing singles for the first time this year. Jean-Baptiste plays second singles. “She’s really doing quite well,” Gitter said of the senior. Temniy plays third singles as a sophomore. Although both girls have had their positions changed this year, Gitter says that they are doing well. Ariana Ruggiero, who normally plays second singles, is out for the season with a back injury.
Junior Kahina Jean-Baptiste and sophomore Vidya Kanthan play first doubles, while sophomore Candice Ferell and senior Hannah Rudoltz play second doubles.
In 2011, the team was division champion with a record of 10-0. In 2012, they team moved to the A Division and no longer plays as many private schools. They now play matches against Millburn, Newark Academy, Livingston and Montclair Kimberley Academy.
On Sept. 17, the team won the first round of the Essex County tournament against East Orange, 5-0, in Branch Brook Park. They lost in the second round of the tournament, 4-1, to Newark Academy.
Gitter hopes to close the matches out for the remainder of the season to match West Orange's 2012 record of 10-6.