The Riverside Brookfield girls tennis team is back for another season of domination-at least in the Metro Suburban Conference.
The Metro Suburban consists of just Fenton and Elmwood Park because Ridgewood does not have a tennis team. Consequently, RB cruised through the conference last year with a 20-6 overall record and a perfect 4-0 Metro mark. This year should be the same story, much to RB coach Bob Hegner’s delight.
“We only lost one match out of 28 last season,” he said. “We really dominated the league and with 11 seniors on the team this year, I don’t see any reason why that shouldn’t continue.”
Indeed, Hegner returns every starter from last year’s squad in almost the exactly same positions. The varsity lineup begins with senior Jackie Pendola at first singles, followed by junior second-singles player Lindsay Hayes. Last year, Hegner alternated players at the third singles spot, but this year sophomore Olivia Garza has taken sole ownership. First doubles will also remain unchanged, with seniors Colleen Morrissey and co-captain Ruth Osbrink assuming the top doubles spot. Senior twin sisters, Laura and Diana Goldberg will play second doubles, while senior co-captain Ryanne Ardisana and senior Mallory Swift play third doubles. Seniors Nadia Danford and Anna Drake will round out the varsity at fourth doubles.
“Last year, we were in the sectional and three of the nine teams we played ended up finishing in the top 20 at state,” he said. “Hinsdale Central and Lyons Township were just two of those teams.”
As for goals this year, Hegner merely wants to maintain the status quo of last year’s success and hopefully make some in-roads at the sectional.
“It will be difficult to win some matches at the sectional, considering the competition, but we will do our best,” he said. “First and foremost, I will miss these girls after they graduate. They are not only top kids on the tennis court but as people. I will really miss all of them when they graduate.”