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March 29, 2013

2013 Star Beacon High School Boys Tennis Preview: New year, same story

Geneva still area favorite, while young teams look to chase

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St. John

Youthful but experienced might be the best way to describe coach Todd Nassief’s Heralds. There are eight players returning to the team with letters. However, None of them are seniors and six of them are sophomores or freshmen.

Juniors Emily Powers and Matthew Pinelli, sophomores Zachary Cimorelli, Ali Rocco, Caroline Kovacs, Evelyn Anderson and Sarah Fowler and freshman Joey Ferrante all played extensively last year. Joining their ranks will be freshman Jessie DiSalvatore.

“They are a great group of kids to coach,” Nassief said. “They are working hard and doing everything I have asked of them. We lost our two top players to graduation and another starter is out for the season due to a basketball injury, so this will be create some opportunities for other kids to play.

“The key to our success will be consistency. We are even younger than last year, so I am counting on leadership from some young kids.”

The Heralds conference will amount to traditional rivals.

“In the county, Geneva is head and shoulders above everyone else,” Nassief said. “Lakeside and Jefferson are always tough and well-coached. Edgewood could surprise some teams as well.”

Ettinger is a freelance writer from Ashtabula. Reach him at bettinger@starbeacon.com.

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