2006-09-13 / Sports

Tennis team learns from early action

BY MONICA DUFOUR
Staff writer, The Davison Index

The Davison Cardinal girls’ varsity tennis team had a tough match Thursday, Sept. 7 losing to Flushing, 8-0, but the coach was optimistic the team would play well against Carman-Ainsworth away Tuesday, Sept. 12.

"Flushing is a tough team this year," said coach Tom Esper.

After their loss to the Raiders, Esper said the Cards began working on hitting their balls into the end zone with more strength and precision. "If you have to hit it harder, you also have to do it correctly."

Esper said Carman-Ainsworth,, which has been one of the tougher teams to beat in previous years, doesn’t look as tough this year.

The Cards won three flights against Carman at the Heritage Quad in Saginaw Wednesday, Aug. 30.

The girls’ doubles teams are really pulling together, he said. "Courtney Dubuc and Rachel Ervin are really jelling together and playing well. Their net play and serving are getting better."

The other doubles teams with new players are also doing well. "They’ve been playing together long enough now they have confidence in each other."

The Cards are starting off their season against some of the tougher schools, he said.

"We’ve got four of the Big Nine all in a row. It’s really going to tell us if the girls are mentally ready or not."

The team is scheduled to play against Powers Thursday, Sept. 14 at home. While they’ve been a tough team to compete against in previous years, Esper said they’re not nearly as dominating as they used to be.

"Even if we win a couple of flights against them, it will be a morale victory for us."

All in all, Esper said the team is progressing well.

"This team has a lot of really good kids. They’re academically strong, respectful; a good group of kids."

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