Talented Tigers expect another district title


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Holy Trinity's Seneka Epasinghe returns a backhand during a recent match against Covenant Christian.

photos by Carl Kotala

The Holy Trinity boys and girls tennis teams have a history of dominating their district opponents … and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon.

Especially not this year.

“We’ve got a super strong team again this year,” Tigers coach Mark Harrison said. “I expect us to do well.

“…We’ve won districts the last three years in a row and we’re just as strong, maybe a little stronger now.”

Three of Holy Trinity’s top boys are all underclassmen.

Juniors Matt Ryan and Saurav Ghosal occupy the top two spots on the Holy Trinity ladder with senior Thomas Guyton at No. 3 and sophomore Bodie Cohen at No. 4.

The rest of the Tigers’ lineup includes talented players such as Ludo Martinenghi, Zach McManus, Brandon Voepel, Satan Gutta and Thomas Stallard.

Holy Trinity's Ludo Martinenghi, shown here during a match against Covenant Christian, is a prime example of the depth on the boys team this season.Holy Trinity’s girls, meanwhile, also are strong at the top with Morgan McCarthy, Ashleigh Kutryb and Karina Popowycz in the first three spots.

That group is followed by Seneka Epasinghe, Caroline Dixon, Julia McNatt, Jamie Perry and Brooke Bierman.

Speaking of his top two singles players, Harrison said:

“Matt is a left-handed player and he’s a very smart player who uses his head. Morgan is a seventh grader and she is one of the top 12-year-olds in Florida and the U.S. in the USTA rankings (She’s ranked 11th in Florida).”

In a recent district match against Covenant Christian, the Tigers sat out their top four boys and their top three girls and still won both matches handily, proving once again how dominant they can be against their district opponents.

It all shapes up for what should be another successful run for the Tigers against Edgewood, Florida Prep, Melbourne Central Catholic, Merritt Island Christian, West Shore and Covenant Christian at the district tournament, which is set to take place April 10 through 13.

After that, it’s on to the regional matches, which are set for April 18 and April 20.

This year’s Class 1A state tournament is scheduled for April 24 to 26 at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry and Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford.

With a roster as deep and talented as the Tigers have, there are several players that should have a shot at reaching the state event.

“I expect my top boys singles team to go to the state tournament and I expect my top girls — Morgan and Ashleigh — (to go as well). They made it to state last year,” Harrison said.