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Girls tennis: New coaching team and season outlook

on August 22, 2019

Coach advising a playerWarwick Valley athletics facilities are once again teeming with students as fall sports get underway.

At the tennis courts, new Head Coach Bill Zwart and Assistant Coach Kristen Bialosky are carrying on the legacy of veteran Head Coach Sue Filingeri. Also a former foreign language teacher at the middle school, Coach Filingeri retired last season, after more than 20 years of service to Warwick Valley’s girls tennis program.Player in action

She leaves behind a legacy of dedication to the sport and the program. In August of 2018, Coach Filingeri came back to coach the varsity team one last time, just weeks after a double knee replacement.

“It is an honor to continue Sue’s philosophy of tennis as a lifelong practice and raising players Player in actionwho are ambassadors for the sport above all,” said Coach Zwart who assisted Coach Filingeri for the past four seasons. “We were a good team and shared the same approach to the program. Together we were able to build and double our numbers and last season we had four athletes playing at states. They all finished in the top 24.”

Around 40 students have signed up for the season. Many are new to the sport, including a handful of high school seniors. “Our players are encouraged to support each other and push each other to improve their game,” Coach Zwart said. “It’s a great opportunity to learn the sport and love it for life.” 

Tennis player in action.Among returning players is singles Gabby Donahue, now a junior. Last year Gabby played singles for the first time since she joined the program in seventh grade. A leader in the sport who volunteers hers skills at tennis camps and clinics, this year Gabby returns to playing doubles with her former seventh-grade partner, Austin Post. Player in action

“We hope to do well this season and see how far we can get as a team,” Gabby said. Gabby and fellow standouts Samantha Killin and Alexandra  Krasinska have something else to look forward to. Next week, during the U.S. Open, they will get a chance to hit on center court at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The new JV Coach, Kristen Bialosky, formerly coached at Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, NJ. She moved to Warwick three years ago and also serves the District as a substitute teacher.Tennis coach and three players engage in conversation on the court.

“Coach Bialosky brings a great deal of experience as a coach and as a player, and she will be a great asset to the program,” Coach Zwart said.

Not least of all, the teams are excitedly waiting on new uniforms that are more distinctively identified with the sport. They will pose for a team photo as soon as they arrive!

 

 

 

 

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