This week we recognize most of the local senior tennis players from the 2019-2020 school year. Congrats to the entire class of 2020!
Message from head coach Ken Borton, “[The seniors] all participated and made huge contributions to our progress over the last three seasons, including our school's first boys’ tennis conference championship last season (Spring 2019) in over 14 years. They've worked tirelessly to improve and have been great examples for the younger players for how they should approach not just their play, but as a teammate, and a member of their school community.”
Jeff Gamer was slated to play another huge role this spring. Gamer was also a regular on the honor roll at CHS.
Ewan McNeil made an impact on the courts and also starred on the soccer field at CHS. McNeil will study accounting at Middlesex and CCSU over the coming years.
Ravi Desai was another honor roll student. Desai will major in computer sciences at Quinnipiac University.
Shalia Sharma was entering her second year and expected to make a big impact. She was also part of Key Club, Student Council, and numerous National Honor Societies at NHS. Sharma will attend the University of Connecticut and study political science.
Ahana Padubidri was entering third year on the tennis courts. Padubidri will attend Southern New Hampshire University to study law.
Damiola Killanin was a four-year member, who was also Student Council president, along with participating in English, Science, and Math National Honor Society. She also participated in Jazz Band and was the recipient of DAR good citizens award. Killanin will now begin a double major in molecular and cellular biology, along with public health at John Hopkins University
Andrea Barzola was a two-year member. She was also a member of Math, English, and Latin National Honor Society. Barzola will attend Southern Connecticut State University to major in nursing.
Kerry Zvonarek was a two-year member. She participle in Yearbook Club, Key Club, Stop the Stigma, and was a member of Spanish and English National Honor Society. Zvonarek will attend Lesley University, majoring in physiology.
Lindsay Weaver was a team captain and all-conference recipient last spring. She was also a captain of the swimming team, along with a being a member of Spanish, Social Studies, Science and English National Honor Society. Weaver will continue swimming at Eastern Connecticut State University, majoring in secondary education.
Olivia Rozio was a four-year member and a 2x all-conference player, who was the recipient of Coaches Award. She was also a member of the Culinary Academy, Stage Crew, and school musical sound designer. Rozio will study psychology at Central Connecticut State University.
Asma Ahmed was entering her second year. Ahmed will study accounting at the University of Hartford
Sara Al Ramahi was also entering her second year. She participated in Stop the Stigma Club, Yearbook Club, Student Council, along with being a member of Science, English and Spanish National Honors Society.
Lukas Klin was a four-year player. He was also a member of Unified Sports, along with Italian, Math, and English National Honors Society. Klin will attend the University of Connecticut to study physiology and neurobiology.
Vandan Patel was another four-year member. He also participated in Chess Club, Table Tennis Club, and Latin Honors Society. Klin will attend the University of Connecticut, majoring in actuarial science.
Videpp Soni was a captain and earned all-conference as a junior in 2019. He will study physics at the University of Connecticut.
Rocky Hill Girls
Message from head coach Mike Dudis, “The seniors were resilient in general, but in terms of tennis there was no question in my mind that we were winning the division this year. We had a team that had missed by one game the year previously and we had talked about our goals coming into this year. This senior class, while we might not have had a superstar in our class, was an extremely well rounded group of kids who could play anywhere and gave us the most depth that we’ve ever had. The team was extremely versatile and it would have been the deepest team I’ve ever had.”
Rehka Dunn was again slated to be one of the top players this season after earning all-conference in 2019. Dunn will be attending the University of Arizona.
Olivia Augeri would have contributed in a variety of ways. She started playing as a sophomore and had natural athletic ability from her soccer and basketball background. Coach Dudis referred to Augeri as a “great kid” and she will be attending Central Connecticut State University.
Katelyn Longo will be attending Easter Connecticut State University.
Aleksa Peterson was newer to the game of tennis but was expected to make great strides this spring. Peterson, who also starred on the basketball court at RHHS, will be attending Central Connecticut State University.
Lydia Tzickas was expected to play a pivotal role this season on the tennis courts and was also a captain on the volleyball courts at RHHS. Tzickas will attend the University of Connecticut.
Ananya Chandra was a developing tennis prospect and strong swimmer at RHHS. Chandra will be attending the University of Connecticut.
Archisha Jaiswal will also be attending the University of Connecticut.
Riya Naik will attend either the University of Connecticut or the University of British Colombia.
Samuel Garcia played tennis, soccer, and was a four-year varsity and state swimmer and diver. Garcia was also in senior journalism, writing for ‘The Eagle Eye’.
Clarence Jubac was a major continuator to the team over the years.
Aaron Ky will be attending the University of Connecticut.
Matt Silver was primed to make an impact on the tennis courts this season and was best known for quarterbacking the Eagles football team. Silver will attend the University of Vermont, majoring in business administration.
Message from head coach Richard Scoppetto, “Kathleen and Kerianne were both captains. They worked really hard in the off-season to get the team ready. We had about 30 girls to play tennis this year. We were expecting a very good season this year with these two seniors.”
Kathleen Gilland was the team’s #4 singles player as a junior, finishing 12-3 and undefeated in league play in 2019. Gilland will continue her tennis career at St. Joseph College.
Kerianne O’Brien played #2 doubles as a junior, finishing 12-4 and earning all-conference in 2019. O’Brien also played soccer at WHS.
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