Holy Trinity tennis teams once again loaded for success
Allie Dzheneva helped the Holy Trinity girls tennis team reach the state tournament last year as a seventh grader. Now a year older, Dzheneva is back in the No. 1 spot for a Tigers team eager to make another run at a state title.
It wouldn’t be another high school tennis season if the Holy Trinity Tigers weren’t favored to win the district championship and make a deep postseason run.
The Holy Trinity girls, winners of five consecutive district titles, are coming off a season that saw them reach the Class 1A state tournament.
“Our girls are absolutely capable of winning regionals again,” Holy Trinity coach Mark Harrison said. “With no injuries, or no bad luck, we should hold our own and do well at the state tournament again this year.”
Harrison’s comments came before high school sports in Brevard County and throughout the state were suspended until at least April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Should play resume, the Tigers will certainly have a formidable lineup that should once again carry them far as Harrison said.
Eighth-grader Allie Dzheneva is back in the No. 1 singles spot after not losing a match at last year’s state team tournament. She’s followed by seventh-grader Natalie Morris, who went undefeated last season as a sixth grader.
Another eighth grader, transfer Ellie Carpenter, is in the No. 3 spot. She’s followed by seventh-grader Maya Boysen, senior Anjani Epasinghe, sophomore Sedona Perron and freshman Samara Hall.
While the girls lineup is littered with underclassmen, the boys feature three seniors in their starting five.
Nick Olomu is back as the No. 1 player for the Tigers, who have won six consecutive district titles.
Another senior, Bodie Cohen, plays at No. 2 and Kevin Platt is in the No. 5 spot.
Freshman Chris Moore is Holy Trinity’s No. 3 player and Braden Ayers is at No. 4 in his first year playing for the Tigers.
While Holy Trinity has three more seniors — Owen McGinty, James Dandridge and Charles Cacciatore — the rest of the squad is made up of underclassmen such as seventh-graders Jake Barlow and Rohan Jain; eighth-graders Brendan Boddy and Cooper Cohen; freshman Anthony Zyren and sophomore Dylan Johnson.
“We should be the favorite to win the district and I think we’ll do well in regionals, also,” Harrison said. “We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves.”
Both teams started 7-0 and each team was loaded with depth.
With a number of young players on both the boys and girls teams, the Tigers are set up to reload their starting rosters for years to come. Harrison gave some of that credit to assistant coach James Clark.
“Coach Clark has a tennis class at Holy Trinity and the kids love it,” Harrison said. “We’ve got a bunch of junior high and varsity players that take advantage of the class at school and it inspires them to play more tennis and come out.
“It’s nice. The program feeds itself.”