SPRINGVILLE — A familiar face will be the top singles player on the Springville-Griffith Institute girls tennis team, this fall. Gabby Hartman will be the team’s no. 1 singles player, for the third consecutive year. As a junior, Hartman will be a key returner for a team that lost nine seniors, this season.
“She’s a strong player who I feel will be near the top of the division in wins, this season,” said Coach Frank Noeson. “Her groundstrokes and serving are by far her strengths. Already this season, I’ve seen a lot more consistency from both her first and second serve. She’s also doing a great job controlling points with her groundstrokes. She’s placing the ball very well and taking advantage of opportunities to put points away.”
Hartman is one of six returners to a very young team. Other returners include Kayla Haberer, Keri Frank, Jordan Story, Kourtney Keys and Stephanie Frasier.
“Our expectations this year are an improvement, not only as wins for the team, but individually, for both our singles and doubles positions,” added Noeson, about the upcoming season. “We may not be starting a single senior this year, so I’m expecting to see a lot of growth.”
The Lady Griffs hosted Gowanda on Sept. 5, for the first-ever match on brand-new purple tennis courts. Last year, the girls had to practice on the Springville town courts and Pioneer High School. S-GI Athletic Director Joe Demartino hosted a ribbon cutting to officially open the tennis courts, in August. Board members, former players and others associated with the district came out to take a peek at the fresh courts. Noeson said that he and the girls are excited about playing on the new courts
“The new tennis courts have certainly heightened the level excitement for the girls,” Noeson said. “It was taxing on everyone last season, both practicing and playing on the road. Having home courts has already put us in a better position this year, with the quality of practices we’ve had. The courts are great. The girls are proud of them and eager to show off their skills on the new purple.”
The Lady Griffs will have three consecutive home matches, starting on Sept. 11, when Springville takes on East Aurora. The team will play Alden on Sept. 16 and Amherst on Sept. 17.