The Silver Lake High girls’ tennis team looks like they are built for success this season.
The Lakers are coming off of a strong 2017 campaign where they went 11-7 and made a playoff appearance. It was a major upgrade over the two seasons prior where they won just one game combined. Now that they have tasted success and have an experienced team coming back, it appears that they will likely continuemoving forward.
The Lakers will be without their second doubles team from last season that featured Allie Kappen and Margaret Ingmanson, who both graduated last spring. They were a valuable tandem winning 11 matches in 2017, but the Lakers 2018 team still has a powerful lineup.
This lineup includes junior Sarah Gonick, who stepped into the No. 1 role last season, went 11-7 in those difficult matches and earned a Patriot League All-Star nod. With another year of experience to her credit, Gonick will be a major asset to the team yet again.
Senior Abby Baker went 12-6 in the No. 2 singles spot for the Lakers last season, giving the team a top-notch player there. Plus, junior Morgan Suschecki ended up taking the No. 3 role last season and posted a winning record, so having her back with even more experience is definitely beneficial.
On first doubles, senior Emma Hamilton was a fixture all of last season and the team certainly has some good depth since senior Emma Hall and sophomore Grace Eddy both have experience in the role as well.
The team’s success should also help them earn more depth because it may have helped create more interest in the program.
The Lakers next game is scheduled for Monday, Apr. 9. In it, they will face Plymouth South on the road (4:00 p.m. start time), weather permitting.