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New courts coupled with strong returning experience could have the Twinsburg girls tennis team on the rise this fall.
Veteran head coach Michael Porinchak (86-66 in eight years) is happy to return six athletes from last year's squad, including five seniors.
Last year, the Tigers were 7-11 overall with some close losses and finished in sixth place in the Suburban League.
"We are a senior heavy team with lots of experience and are really looking to improve off last years record," said Porinchak.
"Last year we lost a few really close matches and hopefully this year our experience will put us over the top," he added.
Returning players include senior Raman Bhambra (first singles/first doubles), senior Elissa Schaffner (singles), senior Anishka Singh (doubles), senior Hannah Banas (doubles), senior Katie Sterling (doubles) and sophomore Claudia Nmai (singles).
Top newcomers, according to Porinchak, are junior Amrutha Yarlagadda (doubles), senior Jennifer Soos (doubles), and senior Jessica Schwartz (doubles).
Twinsburg hopes to improve in the second season of the Suburban League.
"The Suburban League is very evenly balanced this year I believe and our experience and age should help us, but ultimately, we have to play well," said Porinchak.
"Our girls know what they need to do each match, but they have to execute. I am really looking forward to this year and seeing how this great senior class handles the pressure."
The Twinsburg City School District had a ribbon cutting celebration for the refurbished district tennis courts Aug. 15. The courts remain located behind R.B Chamberlin Middle School, up the hill from Tiger Stadium.
The five renovated tennis courts feature lighting for use after dusk and are available for the community to use. The new courts feature blue and white paint to align with the school colors, and include the Twinsburg Block 'T' logo design.
In addition to providing new smooth surfaces and a much improved drainage system, the courts have nets similar to those used at Wimbledon, providing first-class courts for student athletes as well as members of our community.
"They are awesome," said Porinchak of the new courts.
"I am very happy that the quality of our courts now match the quality of our play at THS," he added. "I am very appreciative of the school district and city for addressing the great need we had for new courts."