No place like new home for Bulldogs

RBHS girls tennis off to fast start on new home courts

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By Marty Farmer

Sports Editor

After having home practices and matches at the Oak Brook Tennis Center the past two years, the Riverside-Brookfield High School girls tennis team has finally found its home.

The Bulldogs debuted their shiny, new tennis courts, located directly west of the Kennelly Athletic Complex, last week in auspicious fashion with a pair of dual match wins against Addison Trail (5-1) and Aurora Central Catholic (4-2).

RBHS also defeated Trinity 5-0 at River Forest's Keystone Park in its season opener and placed first at the Elk Grove Village Quad.

"Having brand new courts at RB is indescribable," said No. 1 singles/team captain Ava Collins. "Our first practice back at RB was an experience that I'm very happy I was able to share with my team and coaches. We are very grateful for the courts and are happy to be home."

While there are a few glitches still to be smoothed out, the feeling of having new courts has served the Bulldogs well.

"There have been some growing pains with the new courts," RBHS coach Bob Hegner said. "Of course, having our own home courts is great. It just makes everything easier and more comfortable.

"Most of our players are off to good starts with a 4-1 or 3-1 record. We have played well in both singles and doubles."

Along with fellow seniors Radoslava Pribyl Pierdinock and Jane Frank, Collins comprises a trio of talented, experienced players eager to assume leadership roles for the Bulldogs.

"Ava has really grown as a player during her time in the [RBHS] program," Hegner said. "A lot her improvement is due to her father, who has really helped develop her as a player."

Pribyl Pierdinock returns at second singles this fall, while Frank is praised by Hegner for her versatility. The latter can play No. 3 singles or No. 1 or No. 2 doubles depending on the matchup.

"The good thing about our team is that we have several players doing well after our three most seasoned players," Hegner said. "At the Elk Grove Quad, our No. 1 doubles team of Kathe Pribyl Pierdinock and Giulia DiMarco took first place and everybody else each took second place."

Despite little to no varsity experience, an infusion of newcomers including Rocio Diaz, Sara Dorenbros, Josephine Jacobs and Grace Taber have energized the lineup. Noami Galindo and Erin Richards comprise the rest of the RBHS varsity roster.

Collins has been impressed by the attitude and contributions from her new varsity teammates.

"I always enjoy seeing new girls join the team each year," Collins said. "We have a larger group of girls on our job team than in past years which is exciting.

"We have a great group of girls this year who are enthusiastic and respect each other. Our varsity lineup is stacked with mostly new varsity members. These girls are eager to play their best and represent RB."

The Bulldogs' next home match is against Walther Christian on Thursday, Sept 7 at 4:30 p.m.

RBHS also hosts Romeoville (Sept. 11) and Glenbard South (Sept. 21) with 4:30 p.m. start times. The Bulldogs host their RB Invite on Saturday, Sept 23 on the campus of Morton West High School. Matches begin at 8 a.m.

Although many matches remain this season, Hegner is excited about the team's promising start.

"I mentioned to the girls a quote by John Steinbeck that says, 'A boy becomes a man when a man is needed.'" Hegner said. "That's kind of how I feel about our players. An RB girls tennis player becomes a varsity player when a varsity player is needed. You always hear about teams being young, but I want to see our players step up to the challenge of being on the varsity."

RBHS girls tennis off to fast start on new home courts

Sports Editor

After having home practices and matches at the Oak Brook Tennis Center the past two years, the Riverside-Brookfield High School girls tennis team has finally found its home.

The Bulldogs debuted their shiny, new tennis courts, located directly west of the Kennelly Athletic Complex, last week in auspicious fashion with a pair of dual match wins against Addison Trail (5-1) and Aurora Central Catholic (4-2).

RBHS also defeated Trinity 5-0 at River Forest's Keystone Park in its season opener and placed first at the Elk Grove Village Quad.

"Having brand new courts at RB is indescribable," said No. 1 singles/team captain Ava Collins. "Our first practice back at RB was an experience that I'm very happy I was able to share with my team and coaches. We are very grateful for the courts and are happy to be home."

While there are a few glitches still to be smoothed out, the feeling of having new courts has served the Bulldogs well.

"There have been some growing pains with the new courts," RBHS coach Bob Hegner said. "Of course, having our own home courts is great. It just makes everything easier and more comfortable.

"Most of our players are off to good starts with a 4-1 or 3-1 record. We have played well in both singles and doubles."

Along with fellow seniors Radoslava Pribyl Pierdinock and Jane Frank, Collins comprises a trio of talented, experienced players eager to assume leadership roles for the Bulldogs.

"Ava has really grown as a player during her time in the [RBHS] program," Hegner said. "A lot her improvement is due to her father, who has really helped develop her as a player."

Pribyl Pierdinock returns at second singles this fall, while Frank is praised by Hegner for her versatility. The latter can play No. 3 singles or No. 1 or No. 2 doubles depending on the matchup.

"The good thing about our team is that we have several players doing well after our three most seasoned players," Hegner said. "At the Elk Grove Quad, our No. 1 doubles team of Cathy Pribyl Pierdinock and Giulia DiMarco took first place and everybody else each took second place."

Despite little to no varsity experience, an infusion of newcomers including Rocio Diaz, Sara Dorenbros, Josephine Jacobs and Grace Taber have energized the lineup. Noami Galindo and Erin Richards comprise the rest of the RBHS varsity roster.

Collins has been impressed by the attitude and contributions from her new varsity teammates.

"I always enjoy seeing new girls join the team each year," Collins said. "We have a larger group of girls on our job team than in past years which is exciting.

"We have a great group of girls this year who are enthusiastic and respect each other. Our varsity lineup is stacked with mostly new varsity members. These girls are eager to play their best and represent RB."

The Bulldogs' next home match is against Walther Christian on Thursday, Sept 7 at 4:30 p.m.

RBHS also hosts Romeoville (Sept. 11) and Glenbard South (Sept. 21) with 4:30 p.m. start times. The Bulldogs host their RB Invite on Saturday, Sept 23 on the campus of Morton West High School. Matches begin at 8 a.m.

Although many matches remain this season, Hegner is excited about the team's promising start.

"I mentioned to the girls a quote by John Steinbeck that says, 'A boy becomes a man when a man is needed.'" Hegner said. "That's kind of how I feel about our players. An RB girls tennis player becomes a varsity player when a varsity player is needed. You always hear about teams being young, but I want to see our players step up to the challenge of being on the varsity."

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