BNHS Girls Tennis

BNHS Girls Tennis

Anna Hulstedt, Features Editor

     As the fall athletic season begins, Belvidere North girls tennis is off in full swing. The team has participated in several matches already, and so far, the season has gone well.

     Paige Lambright (‘20) describes the season so far, “The season’s going great. We came off a hard loss to Huntley, but won the Freeport Invitational. We also won against Dekalb and Crystal Lake South.”

     This upcoming week, the team will travel to Jefferson on Tuesday, and will play Belvidere at home Thursday. On Saturday, Belvidere North is hosting a quad invite at home.

     North’s team goal is to take the varsity and junior varsity conference championships as they did last year, but it will be a challenge. Last year was varsity’s first conference championship, and JV’s third season in a row taking first place. Several top players from North graduated, and Auburn is favored to win conference this season.

According to the Rockford Register Star’s NIC-10 tennis preview, Auburn is likely to take first, followed by Hononegah, Belvidere North, Boylan, and Guilford.

     Individual players also have goals to become better tennis players as well.

     “My goal in tennis is to improve my serving and backhand,” said LoriAnne Flaherty (‘20), who is playing doubles in tennis for her second year at North.

     “My personal goal is to be able to work on my serving. I like how much of a team the JV section is,” says Isabel Limones (‘21), who is playing tennis for her first year at North.

     As for doubles, Maisy Rathbun (‘20) and Lambright are undefeated so far this season, as well as Remy Bice (‘19) and Morgan Dent (‘20). Lauren Sheldon (‘19) and Olivia Hart (‘19) also have won many matches. Caroline Park (‘19) and Olivia Kersten (‘19) have had a successful few weeks playing singles as well.

     The varsity team consists of three doubles teams, and two singles players. With plenty of talent on the team, North’s Coach Hillman moves players around frequently to find the best partners for future matches.

     Although the season will be a challenge, Belvidere North is ready to step up and play hard for the conference title. For those interested, the home tennis matches begin at 4:30 pm.