Holy Trinity boasts one of the premier tennis programs


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Nick Olomu is the No. 1 player on the Holy Trinity boys tennis team and is ranked 11th in junior tennis in the state of Florida. The Tigers are seeking another deep run in the state playoffs this season.

CARL KOTALA

The Holy Trinity tennis program would never assume a district championship is in the bag.

At the same time, the Tigers have reached a point in their program where they enter each season thinking about much more than becoming district champs.

“We’re always trying to be a little better each year,” Tigers coach Mark Harrison said. “Last year, the boys made it to the regional semifinals and lost in a close tiebreaker and the girls made it to the state tournament. That’s huge.

“This year … we’re always trying to push ourselves to improve.”

The boys and girls teams both have a new No. 1 at the top of the ladder this season.

Holy Trinity’s boys, who have won five consecutive district titles, are led by junior Nick Olumu.

“Nick’s dedicated to his tennis game,” Harrison said. “He’s ranked No. 11 in the state in junior tennis in Florida. Nick has his eyes set on playing at a D-I college and he has the game for that.

“Nick’s an all-court player. And besides his game, he has drive and determination.”

Playing behind Olomu are junior Bodie Cohen, senior Briggsie Kilborne and junior Kevin Platt. Eighth-grader Chris Moore and senior Kevin Jacobus rotate between the No. 5 and 6 spots and eighth-grader Conner Bierbrunner plays No. 2 doubles and is in the top eight in singles.

The Holy Trinity girls team, which has won four consecutive district titles, features a nice mix of talented young players with a few veterans in the top five.

Allie Dzheneva, a seventh grader, leads the way for the Tigers. She’s followed in the lineup by senior Karina Popowycz, junior Anjani Epasinghe and senior Caroline Dixon.

Harrison described his undefeated No. 5 singles player — sixth-grader Natalie Morris — as a “future superstar” for the Tigers.

Given how much success Holy Trinity has had through the years, it’s easy to see why the Tigers see themselves as one of the premier programs in the area.

“I think it’s safe to say we’ve got a legit program, a very serious program here at Holy Trinity,” Harrison said. “Best program in the county.”

And when the Tigers coach talks about his program, he means more than just the varsity level. Holy Trinity has a number of players eager to continue the school’s run of success.

“I think everyone in the county knows Holy Trinity is known for its tennis program, without a doubt,” Harrison said. “We’re known for our championship tennis program.

“We’ve got about 50 kids in the program, total. We also have a junior high squad and a junior varsity squad. It’s a big program. It’s not just the varsity. I’ve got a crop of kids coming up, next generation.”