Holy Trinity tennis teams will be state contenders


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Holy Trinity No. 1 singles player Francisco Aguilo-Seara is a big reason why this year's boys team believes it can make the state tournament for the first time in program history.

Viera Voice Carl Kotala

 

The Holy Trinity tennis program is looking to make a little history … again.

Last year, the girls team reached the state tournament for the first time in school history. This year, the boys are hoping to do the same.

And they have the team to do it.

“I feel confident we’ll do well in districts, probably win, and then we could do well in the regionals as well, and then, hopefully, get both teams to state this year,” Tigers coach Mark Harrison said.

“Our girls team went to state last year, which was a huge accomplishment.”

Top singles player Morgan McCarthy, now an eighth grader, is back to lead the Tigers, along with junior Ashleigh Kutryb in the No. 2 spot. Seventh-grader Carly McNatt plays at No. 3 singles for Holy Trinity while the No. 4 to No. 7 spots are occupied by junior Karina Popwycz, eighth-grader Julia McNatt, sophomore Anjani Epasinghe and senior Seneka Epasinghe.

Other key contributors for the girls team are junior Caroline Dixon, seventh-grader Samara Hall and seniors Sydney Levy and Ellen Armstrong.

Holy Trinity’s boys team, meanwhile, is led by junior Francisco Aguilo-Seara in the No. 1 singles slot, followed by sophomore Bodie Cohen, senior Saurav Ghosal, senior Matthew Ryan, senior Zach McManus, junior Briggsie Kilborne and senior Sajan Gutta.

Other top Tigers include senior Brandon Voeple, senior Carter Thomas, junior Evan Jacobus, eighth-grader Conner Bierbrunner, sophomore Kevin Platt, senior Thomas Stallard, seventh-grader Christopher Moore and junior Cody Yan.

Harrison said this year’s teams are stronger than last year because of more depth. And with McCarthy and Aguilo-Seara, the Tigers have two of the county’s top players at the top of their respective ladders.

“They’re both tournament players,” Harrison said. “Francisco has been ranked as high as 20 in the state in the boys 16s and he just turned 17. Morgan is one of the top players in the girls 14s and the country. She just had a big win on the ITF (Juniors Tour). She beat a girl that was top 250 on the ITF.

“We’ve got those two. Hopefully, Francisco will lead us into the state tournament.”