2014 Area Tennis Capsules
Coach: Mark Moulton
Last year: 10-8
Key returners: Michael Louches, cpt; Zach Paniati, cpt; Seth Gesmondi, cpt; Ethan Barbieri; Colin Genovese.
Key newcomers: Nick Mancini, sr; Alain Fleetwood, soph; Anthony Sidharta, fresh
Outlook: “I feel that we can be one of the best teams in the league. I’ll be disappointed if we don’t win two-thirds of our matches.
Teams to beat: Woodland, two-year defending NVL champion, Wolcott
Coach: J.B. Nickles
Last year: 10-8
Key losses: Alexa Orban; Kit Hammer
Key returners: Kiley Rosengrant, cpt; Shelby Consolini, cpt; Hailey Ross; Olivia Roberge.
Outlook: Upperclassmen lead a deep team
Teams to beat: St. Paul, Woodland
Coach: Gerry Hicks, 4-54 career
Last year: 2-14
Key loss: Ian Ellsworth
Key returners: Luke Snyder, sr. cpt; Shae Coy, sr. cpt; Tim Kurlick, sr.
Outlook: Mix of returners and promising newcomers
Teams to beat: Lewis Mills, Shepaug, Housatonic
Coach: Courtney Mullaney, 1st year
Last year: 0-16
Key losses: Lauren Stadler; Emily Riess; Nikole Seiser
Key returners: Alysha Lyman, sr; Hallee Griffin, sr; Julia Ford, sr; Bianca Pimantel, jr; Cassidy Morneau, sr; Nicole Duluc, sr; Piper Stetson, sr; Kelly Seiser, jr.
Coach: Jeff Tripp, 13th year, 95-97 career
Last year: 13-3, BL 2nd-place tie
Key loss: Exchange student Ferdinand Gelbrich, BL and Class S singles champion
Key returners: Zach busby, sr. capt; Eric Chin, jr; Jonathan Miller, All-BL soph.
Outlook: Singles players are talented and experienced, but eight first-year players and three returning JV players have to step up along with them
Teams to beat: Defending champion Lewis Mills brings back two of their three starters; Nonnewaug
Coach: Rufus de Rham
Last year: 5-11
Key losses: Hilary Henrici; Grace Morse; Taylor Schmitt
Coach: Patrick Linton
Last year: 16-2
Key losses: Trevor Robinson, BL All-Star runner-up; Sinclair Blair; JeffMolgano
Key returners: Holden Robinson, jr, BL All-Star winner; Bill Bentley, sr;
Coach: Dean Werner
Last year: 11-10
Key losses: Ali Aldieri; Niki Aldieri; Katherine Tully; Angie O’Donnell; Kelly Ravalese; Caroline Lockwood
Key returners: Heather Markert, sr; Val Suchecki, sr; Kristen Angiletta, soph; Julia Laurino, sr; Mandy Mohagel, sr; Andrey O’Donnell, jr; Winnie Bulat, sr; Emily Burzynski, soph; Julia Diguiseppe, jr; Jenna Gabrielson, soph; Maddy Florian, jr; Lisa Iwanicki, sr; Marney Lariviere, sr; Sarah O’Hazo, soph; Kara Schatz, soph.
Key newcomers: Eric Robinson, fresh; Kayleigh Watson, fresh.
Outlook: “The league lost a lot of key players from graduation. Mills will be in the hunt and looks to be very competitive with all the Berkshire League teams.
Teams to beat: Thomaston, Nonnewaug
Coach for both: Nick Sheikh, 10th year, 123-39 career
Last year: 6-10
Key returners: Evin Tyler, sr; Baron Strasburger, jr; Sam Kaelin, jr; Trevor, Scappatura, jr; Zach Matta, jr; Anson Morgan, jr; Aneesh Mistry, jr; Jakob Fielf, soph.
Key newcomers: Aaron Pezzullo, fresh; Jacob Matta, fresh; Ryan Edwards, fresh; David Gow, fresh.
Outlook: “The guys look to be towards the top of the league. This will be difficult with our lack of courts, but they’re eager to go for a fourth BL title in 7 years despite no home facility.”
Last year: 16-0, Berkshire League Champions
Key returners: Reilly Ratcliffe, sr; Sarah Nelson, sr; Jess Patrick, jr.
Outlook: “The girls will look to be towards the top of the league. This will be difficult, returning only three players from last year’s undefeated squad.”
Coach: Mitch Case, 6th year
Last year: 10-7
Key losses: Zak Phillips; Brandon Casey; Kylan Achee; Eric Brasiley
Key returners: Jakrin Lanpohouthacoul, jr; Michael Carter, jr
Coach: Turi Rostad
Last year: 3-13
Key returners: Jaiden Dropick, sr; Marci Nelson, jr; Sam Nelson, sr; Taryn Russ, sr; Megan Janco, sr; Annaliese Bertell, sr; Libby Harwood, sr.
Coach: David Bilmes, 5th year
Last year: 15-2
Key losses: Ellery Rurk; Jack Brotherton; Michael Corniewicz; Kellen Rikhoff; Kirby Peters
Coach: Joann Kelly
Last year: 13-6
Key losses: Emily Deanne; Emma Landegren; Hannah Landegren; Kim Pepper; Jessica Soloman; Kelly Swenson; Haley Virbickas
Coach: Jennifer Ewart, 1st year
Key losses: Will Hartle
Key returners: Jack Hartle, sr; Rob Archibald, jr.
Coach: Jeff Dauphinais, 13th year
Last year: 11-5
Key returners: MacKenzie Blair Sr. – Singles Captatin. (BL All Star 2012); Megan Fitzgerald Sr. – Singles Captatin.; Alessia Palladino Sr, – Singles; Kaleigh Scarfo Jr. – Singles; Rhianon Mecca Sr. – Doubles (BL All Star 2013); Jessenia Gonzalez Sr. – Doubles (BL All Star 2013); Allison Snow Sr. – Doubles; Vanessa Thornberg Sr. – Doubles; Megan Fainer Sr. – Doubles; Jossie Lee Sr. – Doubles; Danielle Brasche Jr. – Doubles
Outlook: “We’ve finished 2nd or 3rd each of the past three years in the league and have set our goal as winning Thomaston’s first Berkshire League tennis title. In the league, Nonnewaug returns a core group that has won the title the past two years. They will be our toughest challenge this season, along with Shepaug and Litchfield.”
Coach: Patrick Holyst, 3rd year
Last year: 7-8
Key losses: Mark Davis; Eric Davis; Erik LeCuyer
Key Returners: Zachary Shemms, sr.
Coach: Natalie Wall, 1st year
Last year: 4-12
Key returners: Melissa Woodruff, sr. cpt; Enxhi Marika, sr. cpt; Sam Simmons, sr. cpt; Jenn Stepney, sr; Riley Loomis, jr; Alex Esandrio, jr.
Outlook: Wall made no cuts, so the team is huge