With large contingent of returners, Summit tennis looking to rebound in fall, spring seasons

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The Summit High School tennis team is looking to rebound from a disappointing 2012 campaign, and coach Aaron Fuller said he believes he has the players who can do just that.

The Jaguars were 2-2 on the season heading into Tuesday's match with Lake Ridge, and Fuller said so far, his team is showing some real promise.

“Things are going pretty good,” Fuller said. “It's a tough district, and this is my first year here. We didn't do that great last year, so we are in kind of a rebuilding phase this year. We won our first two matches, but then lost our next two.

“We had some good play from our kids in the matches. We've got a lot of juniors back this year, probably about 80 percent of our team, actually, and we have some really good incoming freshman.”

Fuller said he has a couple of players from whom he is expecting strong seasons.

“Ashlynn Barbery and Christine Nguyen should both have good years,” Fuller said. “On the boys side, Jake Curran and Junior Sanchez are both looking pretty good.”

Fuller said the objectives for this season are to make progress in both the fall and spring seasons.

“We'd love to make it out of district in the fall, and we still have a shot at that, and then continue to improve in individual tennis in the spring,” Fuller said. “Then, of course, I would like for some of our players to get out to region.”

Fuller said he is not sure what to think about the new playoff system for tennis this season, in which there will be a bi-district and area round for tennis, like in other sports.

Lake Ridge will take on Red Oak next Tuesday, and Fuller said his team will have its hands full.

“They are a pretty good team,” Fuller said. “They beat Mansfield, and Mansfield is a pretty good team, so it will be a tough match for us, but we'll do our best.”

Barbery, who was selected as a captain on the girls side, said she is feeling optimistic about her team this season and said she has been pleased with the way things are shaping up.

“We've been working a lot harder than we have the past two years, and Coach Fuller is training us better as well,” Barbery said. “We want to get better, get out of district and have a successful spring season. To do that, we just need to do what Coach Fuller says, because he's a good coach.”

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