DADE CITY – In the Shadows of the Pasco County Fair the Wesley Chapel Wildcats girl’s tennis team visited the Pasco Pirates Thursday and were shut out 7-0 (three by forfeit) but gained valuable experience according to first year coach Jeannie Fagan.
Coach Fagan, when asked about team potential, said there is a lot of learning to be done since there is just one returning player along with three girls who have never played organized tennis before.
She went on to say, “This is our growing year, our building year, our technical year so we can come out strong next season”. The Wildcats roster is comprised of two juniors Robeena Tirbene and Areej Samhoury and two sophomores Oliva March and Meghan Ortez. Coach Fagan added, “I want to first develop the love of the game so they can come back to develop their play”
Pasco Coach Don Charlick who took the Pirates to playoff appearances in 2016, 2017 and 2018, with the 2017 team finishing 7th in the FHSAA State tournament, has led Pasco to two undefeated seasons in the past three years.
The Pirates graduated three seniors, two of which were in the starting five. Coach Charlick said there is enough depth with his girls so that they can bounce right back. He also said, “They are all kind to each other and to their opponents, they play with integrity and they make me proud every day”.
With no seniors this season it appears the depth of play remains with the Pirate squad and they will be a team to be reckoned with over the next few years.