Garnet Gulls girls ready to take on new tennis roles this fall

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POINT BEACH — The Point Beach girls tennis team is ready to take on the fall season after a successful run in 2016.

Last season the Gulls finished 12-5, their best record in the past four years, third place at the Ocean County Tournament [OCT], tied for second in their division and are looking to build on top of the previous season despite the graduating key players.

“We lost a couple of our big kids, kids that have been on the team for many years in those leadership roles,” said Point Beach head coach Kim Pellerito. “Now it’s left to the other kids to fill those spots and the kids who are holding those spots, they knew it was coming they were prepared for it and have already taken ownership of the team.”

Those that will be stepping up as key returners this season for Beach are Kylee Kells, Sophia Longo, Sophia Raffetto Courtney McGarry and Lauren Gnapp, all with varsity experience.

Beach is also looking forward to facing competitive B Central rivals St. Rose and Ranney. Two teams that also give Beach a good run during the heat of the season.

Kells is hoping to defeat St. Rose and bring a conference title back to Beach.
“I’m hoping we can win both [matches] this year and maybe get a conference title,” said Kells.
Continuing off of last season’s success at the OCT, Pellerito is coaching her team with the one-at-a-time approach.

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