For the Hun School girls’ tennis team, this fall figures to be one of transition.
“I am looking at this season as an opportunity to rebuild,” said longtime Hun head coach Joan Nuse, whose team opened the season by losing 5-0 to Montgomery High and falling 3-2 to Springside Academy last Saturday before getting into the win column by topping Pennington 4-1 on Monday. “We graduated a lot of seniors. We have a lot of new faces.”
Hun is going with a familiar face at first singles in returning junior Shayna Glassberg.
“Shayna is looking to build on last year,” said Nuse of Glassberg, who played second singles for Hun in 2011. “She played hard in our first match against Montgomery; she didn’t give up in the second set.”
Nuse is looking for some hard play from sophomore Stephanie Taylor. “Steph is a great athlete; I am glad she chose to come out for tennis rather than soccer,” said Nuse, noting that Taylor plays club soccer.
“She showed perseverance in the Montgomery match; she was running around like a maniac.”
At third singles, Hun is welcoming back junior Lauren Kotler. “Lauren played third singles last year,” said Nuse, who got a straight sets win from Kotler in the victory over Pennington.
“She was thinking of not playing this year; it is good to have her back. She makes it fun for everybody else.’
It is good for Hun to have seniors Cansu Cabeci and Lesley Cai at first doubles. Last fall, Cai starred at first doubles while Cabeci is moving up after playing second doubles in 2011.
“They are most experienced doubles players; they are learning to play together,” said Nuse of the pair who breezed to a 6-0, 6-1 win in the Pennington match. “They both have different strengths. Cansu is a solid baseliner while Lesley likes the net.”
The second doubles pair of Olivia Hartman and Lily Razavi figures to give the Raiders some solid play. “They know each other from playing together on JV last year,” said Nuse.
In Nuse’s view, her team should be playing better and better as the fall unfolds.
“I am looking for us to be better at the end than in the beginning,” asserted Nuse, whose team hosts Princeton Day School on September 27, plays at Stuart Country Day on September 29, and then starts play in the Mercer County Tournament on October 1 at Mercer County Park.
“We only had three girls there for a lot of the preseason so that makes it harder at the start. A lot of the girls were coming from foreign countries.”