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Finley Girls' Tennis Finishes at 7-3

Watching young tennis players grow in their skills and confidence can be a rewarding experience for coaches, teammates and fans. The J. Taylor Finley Middle School girls' tennis team enjoyed a season full of improvement and achievement. The Falcons finished their schedule with a 7-3 record.

Head coach Eric Triolo pointed to Sophia Latt, Anna Brosoff, Caroline Petrozzo, Krista Angeliadis, Nina Cartwright and Ekaterina Koulakova as Finley's best players. "Sophia was our top singles player," Triolo said. "She improved each match and had an excellent season with a record of 6-3."

Brosoff sparkled on the court, too. "Anna improved tremendously from last year," Triolo said. The eighth grader compiled a 7-3 mark in No. 2 singles.

Petrozzo went 5-5 in No. 3 singles. Angeliadis and Cartwright formed a potent No. 1 doubles team, winning seven-of-nine matches. Koulakova was strong in No. 2 doubles with a 7-3 mark.

Finley's most impressive accomplishment was the turnaround it displayed from a year-earlier. "We were 3-7 last year and went 7-3 this year," Triolo said with pride. "We had a great blend of seventh and eighth graders who worked hard in the off-season and during the season."

With Finley was winning most of its matches, the players had a good time. The squad went through its daily paces without much complaint, exercising, drilling and scrimmaging. Triolo called the Falcons "a fun, hardworking team."

One must recall while looking ahead to next fall that the future is never set in stone for a middle school program. "We are going to lose some great eighth graders, but half our team will be back," Triolo said. "Our No. 4 singles player, Theresa Moreno will be back and doubles players Gabriella Deluca and Miranda Nykolyn also return."

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