Tennis Season Update


McKenna Powers

RBHS Girls Varsity Tennis team posing with their first place trophy

Lauren Lambros, Staff Reporter

As the 2015-2016 RB girls tennis season progresses onward, the team’s achievements increase. Their current record is 13-2, and they hope to keep their winning record alive as they finish out the season.

However, winning isn’t the only thing that is progressing. Court communication, proper form, positivity, and confidence are taking the teams’ play to the next level.

At first, the teams’ goals were to play smart tennis, develop players, use strategy correctly, play with confidence, and to win conference. Throughout the season the team has improved in all areas of the game.

“Skills have improved across the board. The girls are playing smarter, using strategy and ball placement,” said assistant tennis coach Valerie Ostrow. Ball placement and strategy is one of the big skills that they are focusing on this season.

Along with their winning record, they have finished within the top five teams in many invitationals this season. Ostrow stated that the team had been on an upward incline of progress throughout the season.

Though the team cannot use their home court due to the recent construction, it has not taken a toll on the team’s performance.

“I think the team has handled this challenge in a very positive way. It certainly has not affected the athletes’ performance,” said Ostrow.

The rides to and from the Oak Brook Tennis Center take hour and half everyday. This cuts practices shorter, causing the girls to work even harder.

As for the tennis players themselves, the future is looking bright. Sally Dorenbos, a freshman tennis player, has been playing the sport ever since she was little. Throughout the season Dorenbos has been striving towards sharpening her skills, playing with confidence, getting lots of playing time, and most importantly having fun.

“My coach helped me a lot. She kept giving me pointers when I’m in a match to not get so nervous and be more confident,” said Dorenbos.

The team seemed to be a bit shy in the beginning of the season. They were not communicating or playing with confidence, which in tennis is crucial. However they have turned the tides and hope to continue dominating their competition.

Now that the ball is in RB’s court it’s up to them to ace these next few matches and take home the conference title. Good luck ladies!