New opportunity: Freshmen tennis

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New opportunity: Freshmen tennis

Sam Shapiro serves at practice. (Diane Macor/ Special to The Seraphim)

Sam Shapiro serves at practice. (Diane Macor/ Special to The Seraphim)

Sam Shapiro serves at practice. (Diane Macor/ Special to The Seraphim)

Sam Shapiro serves at practice. (Diane Macor/ Special to The Seraphim)

By Kaden Macor, Staff Writer

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The Notre Dame Preparatory Freshmen Boys’ Tennis Team, led by Coach Mark Naprstek, is working through their season with a team of only four players, while most other schools have over six players. Naprstek said, “the team has already faced a lot of adversity, due to our small size, but with some hard work and dedication, we can make up for our rocky start and succeed.”

The team’s last match, on September 6, against Casteel, at the NDP practice courts at Scottsdale Ranch Park, went 3-3 at the beginning. Unfortunately, with the NDP team’s lack of players, Casteel ended up winning 6-3. Although the team endured a difficult defeat and start to the season, Naprstek was hopeful. He said, “with Bradley Sermon and Ryan York at number one and two, speed will be how we win future matches.”

The team practices together every day, running lines, hitting serves, and practicing groundstrokes to improve their game. Overall, Naprstek and his team of young athletes are confident they can make a comeback and achieve a successful end to the season, starting with their next match against Hamilton on September 19 at the Hamilton practice courts.

 

 

 

 

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