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Devils Expect a Strong Season of Girls Tennis

By DAVID B. CORBIN Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

The Westfield High School Girls Tennis Team appears to have the punch to put pressure on high-ranked high school tennis teams such as Millburn and Middletown South.

BLUE DEVIL TRI-CAPTAINS… Seniors Sarah Sharpe, Caroline Tell and Meghan Corbett share the responsibility of leading the Westfield High School Tennis team to another successful season. The Blue Devil girls have much talent and plenty of depth.

Last year the lady Blue Devils finished with a stunning 22-3 record which earned them the 13th ranking in the state. Two of the Devils’ losses came at the rackets of Millburn and Middletown South.

Last year’s team also grabbed first place in the National Division of the Watchung Conference and in the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 State Championships. The Devils placed second in the Union County Tournament behind a strong Governor Livingston High School and placed second in the Group 4 State Championships.

The Blue Devils lost two very fine first-doubles tennis players due to graduation. Lauren Rudofsky and Audra Majocha, as partners, compiled an astounding 24-2 record, won the Union County Championship at first doubles, were named honorable mention All-Union/Middlesex and were selected third team All-Group 4 by position.

Despite the loss of Rudofsky, Majocha and Tiffany Aliche, the Blue Devils will return a strong nucleus of capable tennis players.

Junior Jenn Matro finished her sophomore season with a 15-7 record at first singles and was named first team All-Union/Middlesex, and her twin sister Becky Matro registered a fine 21-3 record at second singles, placed second in the Union County Tournament, was named first team All-Union/Middlesex and was selected first team All-Group 4.

Senior Meghan Corbett performed well at third singles by finishing with a 19-5 record, placing first in the Union County Tournament, being named honorable mention All-Union /Middlesex and by being selected third team All-State Group 4 by position.

Senior Caroline Tell and junior Ilka Netravali did quite well last year at second doubles by racketing up a perfect 13-0 record together and by being named first-team All-Group 4 by position. Netravali will be a strong contender for a singles position.

Senior Sarah Sharpe, juniors Lisa Gorbaty, Rebecca Goldberg and Emilia Guasconi filled in quite well for the Blue Devils last year and can be expected to have a strong influence on the courts. Sharpe has looked sharp all summer on the courts and may possibly put much pressure on the make up of the singles lineup.

Presently, the positions have not yet been determined and anything could happen.

"We have six girls battling for four doubles positions," said Devil Tennis Head Coach Ed Tirone. "Our stiffest competition, Millburn and Middletown South, lost very little and have promising replacements. Millburn lost its first singles player, but have a talented freshman who will possibly replace her."

The Blue Devils opened up with Roselle Park yesterday, September 10, and will host Livingston today, September 11, at Tamaques Park in Westfield. On Saturday, September 13, the Blue Devils will compete in the Wilson Invitational, to be hosted by Newark Academy in Livingston where 10 to 12 of the strongest high school tennis teams in the state have been invited.

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