Hartley Roundup: Girls tennis squad thrilled about chance to play

JARROD ULREY
julrey@thisweeknews.com
Senior Gia Green is among the top returnees for the Hartley girls tennis team, which opened Aug. 11 by beating Hamilton Township 5-0.

Since 2018, Lynn Winters has doubled as the women's tennis coach at Capital University and the girls tennis coach at Hartley.

She's a little less busy at the moment after the Ohio Athletic Conference, in which Capital competes, announced it would not be having fall sports because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Now in her 23rd season as the Hawks' coach, Winters has been impressed with how her players have responded to the adversity of the past few months.

"They wear their mask, they're six feet apart and everybody's been really good about abiding by the guidelines," she said. "They're doing a really good job, taking direction really well with this and nobody ever forgot their mask. It's been really easy to kind of police, so I'm very thrilled about that. I didn't know how it would be for the kids, but they want to play. They're so excited to be with each other socially, you can see it in their eyes. It's such a joy for all of them to be a part of the team again after being indoors for so many months."

The Hawks, who finished 8-8 overall last season, opened Aug. 11 by beating Hamilton Township 5-0. They went 1-2 in the CCL last year and begin league action Sept. 8 at home against DeSales.

Seniors Gia Green and Morgan Liden and junior Emily Thompson are the top returnees.

Green spent most of last season at first singles and ended her season in the second round of the Division II sectional tournament at Columbus Academy.

Liden teamed with 2020 graduate Elyse Amorati to lose in a quarterfinal doubles match at sectional, while Thompson also lost in the second round in singles.

Seniors Joelea Kelley and Maria Kelley, who are cousins, are other returnees.

Others who should see playing time are seniors Ruhama Ababu, Agnes Bryan, Jackie Kirkland and Jessica McBride and junior Elayna Kebe.

"We have seven juniors and four incoming freshmen, and the four incoming freshmen are really nice players and are even," Winters said. "They'll be playing our (junior varsity) matches right now and they keep improving, too. They look pretty promising.

"We're excited about our season. We've got a nice group of girls and are so glad that we can play this year."

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At a glance

GIRLS TENNIS

*Coach: Lynn Winters, 23rd season

*Top players: Gia Green, Joelea Kelley, Maria Kelley, Morgan Liden and Emily Thompson

*Key losses: Elyse Amorati, Laurynn-Renee Caldwell, Leah Herbert and Lauren McFann

*Last season: 8-8 overall

*2019 CCL standings: Watterson (3-0), DeSales (2-1), Hartley (1-2), Ready (0-3)