Holy Trinity Tennis

Holy Trinity seventh grader Shaan Prasad, left, has worked hard to become the Tigers' No. 1 player. Sophomore Alya Dzheneva has been playing on the top line for Holy Trinity for four straight years.

If there’s one thing you can always count on when it comes to the Holy Trinity boys and girls tennis programs, it’s that they will be good enough to challenge for a district title and make a run in the regional playoffs.

This year is no different.

Led by sophomore Alya Dzheneva, who has been playing on the No. 1 line since she was in seventh grade, the Holy Trinity girls could be ready to reclaim the district championship from Edgewood this season.

On the boys side, the Tigers are led by a pair of seventh-graders — Shaan Prasad and Ryder Collins.

“I think we have a good chance of winning the district title with the girls,” said James Clark, who coaches both Holy Trinity teams along with Mark Harrison.

“The boys, I think we’re very young and strong. Our goal is to get better every match, every week. If we don’t contest for a district title this year, our guys will be knocking on the door the following year.”

Dzheneva, who did not play in last year’s district tournament, said she has gotten more power in her shots as she has gotten older and stronger. The Tigers were off to a 5-0 start.

Senior Sedona Perron is Holy Trinity’s No. 2 player, followed by eighth-grader Elle Canlas and Thaila Wells. Kareena Mathews is at No. 5 with Ashlyn Borboroglu at No. 6.

Clark said the rest of the team is “right there” including Lani Watt, Sydney Borboroglu, Skye Godfrey, Reha Patel, Kate Schwinn, Julia Thessen and Julie Watt.

“We do have good depth on our team,” Dzheneva said. “I feel like we don’t have a huge drop-off, or gap in level (of play). I think that’s very important competing as a team.”

Prasad, who played at the No. 3 spot as a sixth-grader in last year’s district tournament, has worked very hard to work his way to the top of the boys ladder.

“I’ve been playing every day,” he said. “Over the summer, I was playing five, six  hours. I’ve just been training hard. … I’ve improved on my footwork, my forehand — everything.”

With Collins playing on the No. 2 line, the Tigers would appear to be set up for a very promising future with a number of strong, younger players.

Junior Anthony Zyren is at No. 3, followed by freshman Jake Barlow at No. 4 and eighth-grader Luke Rector at No. 5. Freshman Rohan Jain is No. 6.

Other key players include freshman Ved Chary, sophomore Andrew Hale, sophomore Jake McLaren and sophomore Brendan Boddy.

“I think we’re going to be really good,” Prasad said. “I think we might be able to make it to regionals this year.”