Members of the North Warren High School Varsity Tennis Team include) front, left to right): Sierra Liebelt, Danielle Primeau, Alex Nuwer, Coach Poul Carstensen, (rear): Gabby Vaisey, Sierra Andrews, Abigail Bradley and Lexi Pratt. (Not pictured): Carol Pereau, Khadeeja Ferguson and Brittany Schultz.
Following an achievement-filled 2011 year, the North Warren Girls’ Varsity Tennis program begins its seventh season this year with a mix of veteran and new players. The void left with the graduation of three talented seniors — Jennifer Paris, Gabrielle Kenney, and Selena Primeau — has been filled with a combination of girls who have never played and those who played at the modified level last spring, Coach Poul Carstensen said.
The graduating trio, having played together since eighth grade, led the team to an admirable record in the last several years, Coach Carstensen said. The 2011 girls team competed in the Section II quarterfinals.
“I know that my returning girls are ready to take on the new role as leaders for the team, he said. “I am also greatly impressed with our new members.”
The returning Cougars are Seniors Abigail Bradley and Brittany Shultz along with Juniors Lexi Pratt, Danielle Primeau, and Sierra Liebelt.
“Judging from our practices this week, we are in great shape for the season,” Carstensen continued.
Also on the Varsity team with some modified experience are Junior Carol Pereau and freshmen Sierra Andrew and Khadeeja Ferguson, who is also running Varsity Cross Country this fall.
New players this year are sophomores Gabby Vaisey and Alex Nuwer. Both caught on to the game quickly, and, according to Carstensen, will be a duo to contend with. “They are a great doubles team and will work together very well,” he said. “I am quite happy with their enthusiasm for the sport.”
North Warren’s first match is Sept. 6 at home against Greenwich.