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May 8, 2013

Young Rochester Adams girls tennis team learning on the fly

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Young Rochester Adams girls tennis team learning on the fly
Rochester Adams sophomore Halley Hyman is playing No. 1 singles for the second straight year.

ROCHESTER — With each match, Rochester Adams girls tennis coach Greg Burks is seeing his team improve.

The Highlanders are fairly young and inexperienced, with only three seniors on the team and five girls playing their first season on varsity.

“We’re improving. Singles right now is our strength, but we’re improving in doubles. We’re just getting a little more aggressive, trying to get to the net as much as we can and clean up points there,” Burks said.

All five first-year varsity members are in the doubles ranks.

Burks admitted that the inclement spring weather made it tough to practice outside at the start of the season, which hurt some of his new players in particular.

“We’re focusing on the little things and trying to get better. I think next year, with just the progression we’ll make this year and hopefully over the offseason, we’ll be that much better next year,” Burks said.

At press time, the Highlanders were 2-4 overall and 0-4 in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

Last season, Adams won the OAA White and qualified for the state tournament. The state finals appearance was the program’s first in at least five years, according to the coach.

Burks and his No. 1 singles player, sophomore Halle Hyman, hopes to repeat that feat.

“I think we’ve been doing all right, but we definitely need to improve before regionals so that we have a better chance of getting into states,” Hyman said. “I think it’s more of a confidence thing, and we’re improving more and more every match. It’s been hard losing a lot of seniors from last year, but we’ll get through it.”

Adams did return its complete singles lineup, with Hyman at No. 1, Maria Seaver playing No. 2, Victoria Morin handling No. 3 and Kate Cenko at No. 4.

In doubles, Kristen Heim and Christine Weng play No. 1, Francesca Tiberio and Nicole Vasilakis are No. 2, Emma Hickey and Corina Tseng hold down the No. 3 spot, and Apurva Chilukuri and Reshma Parikh are teaming up at No. 4. 

With the expected return of nearly all the doubles players next season and learning against strong competition in the Red this time around, Hyman believes the Highlanders are on a path to success.

“I think this is a season to improve, and then we’ll be really good next year,” she said.

Catch the Highlanders against rival Rochester High at 3:30 p.m. May 13 at Rochester.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Christian Davis at cdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1062. Twitter Follow Christian on Twitter.