Garden City Girls Tennis
The Garden City girls Varsity Tennis Team is having one of their best seasons in a long time. Coached by Crystal Boyd, the team is undefeated and in first place in a competitive Conference One. "This is our fourth year in the conference," said Boyd. "For the past three years we used to be the team everyone would beat up on but this year everything seemed to fall into place for us."
         Lead by Senior Captain and first singles player Jacqueline Raynor, the team is 7-0 with four games left on its regular season schedule. "We've had a lot of improvement from some of our players over the summer and we've added some nice additions to the team," said Boyd.
        Raynor, who came in second place in last year’s State Championships is the key to Garden City's success. She gives the team a leadership component on and off the court. "We have a great group of girls this year," said Raynor. "And we have a great chance to go really deep into the playoffs." 
        Speaking on her own personal success she hopes to make it back to States and win the whole thing. "I came in second last year up in Syracuse. Obviously this being my senior year I hope I can go back up and win the whole thing."
       Raynor has committed to Quinnipiac University in Connecticut next fall.
        One of the new additions to the Trojan tennis team is seventh grader and second singles player, Morgan Herrmann. The diminutive Herrmann has shown a lot of power and determination in her young career. She has yet to lose a match for Garden City. "I've had a lot of fun playing on this team this year," said Herrmann. "I've met new people and its nice having a team to support you." 
        Herrmann competes in USTA tournaments which she says give her a lot of poise and patience on the court. "Playing tournaments help me deal with the mental part of the game. I compete against a lot of different types of players."
       Herrman excels academically as well. She holds a 99 average and recently graduated from the Middle School's QUEST program which places students with superior intellectual, academic and creative abilities.
      Third singles player Alyssa Rosello is one of those players who has improved dramatically from last year. "She has gotten so much better in her all around game and is one of the main reasons we are doing so well this year," said Boyd. The senior has been dominant in most of her matches hitting the ball with ferocious force and coming in to put the ball away at net. "That is where she has shown her greatest improvement, in her net play."
      Freshman and first doubles player Hannah Eilbeck has made a great playing partner with Junior Marisa Cameron. The duo has won all of their matches except a recent lost to Jericho in an away game.
      "They are playing very well together," said Boyd. "They have a great chemistry with each other and you can see it in each of their matches."
      Second doubles has also had a successful season with the dynamic tandem of Brittany Burke and Laura Ketijian. The two players always seem to know where each other is on the court and have improved dramatically in their volleying skills. "It is something that I have worked hard on over the summer," said Burke. It has been obvious in each of her matches as she seems to be spending more and more time at the net.
      The Trojans have three regular season games left on their schedule before playoffs begin on the weekend of the fifteenth. The most daunting one to their unblemished record is an away game at Syosset where Jacqueline Raynor will have to face off against top ranked first singles player Hannah Camhi. The Syosset doubles teams also pose a threat as well.
      "We will need to finish up strong with these last three matches heading into the playoffs," said Coach Boyd. "We need to keep our focus."

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