Team: Warren Girls Tennis
Coach: Thomas Pellegrino, 1st Season
Assistant coaches: Travis Myler (Associate Head Coach)
2019 overall record: 3-11
2019 league record: 2-6
Roster (*notes letter winner)
Seniors: Maddie Rodgers*, Amanda Gray*, Kamryn Moore*, Meg McGuinness*, Katie Moore*, Isabella Shingler*, Sydney Anderson*, Jacqueline Peterson*, Hailey Jenkins
Juniors: Sophie Olson*, Sydney Govoni*
Sophomores: Madalynn Perry*, Sydnie Cochran*, Ashley Plank*, Peyton Morrison*,
Freshmen: Izabelle Heacox, Mackenzie Lester, Iris Kiehl, Madison Hamler, Natasha Ferry, Kaelin Hatfield, Hannah Pearson
For the third time in three years, Warren girls tennis players will have to adjust to a new coaching style.
Former head coach John Parroccini resigned in July and boys coaches Thomas Pellegrino and Travis Myler have taken the helm. For them, this season is about establishing an identity for the Dragons.
“Our success isn’t defined by the schedule this year, or even wins and losses,” Myler said. “Our goals are to start building our brand of Dragon tennis and prep for the future while being competitive in the present.”
Though they arrived on short notice, the pair inherits an experienced squad.
The Dragons lost only one player from last year’s team, Kaitlin McCracken, and come into the season with 11 upperclassmen, nine seniors and two juniors. All told, Warren returns 14 letter winners.
Additionally, a program that was light in numbers a year ago, gets an influx of new talent as seven freshmen turned out for the 2020 campaign.
Off the bat, coaches will be looking to see who has the competitive fire to make their mark on the team.
“Whoever listens the most, challenges themselves to improve daily, and who has a desire to win (could make an immediate impact),” Myler said.
Due to the pandemic, coaches weren’t able to get much time with athletes prior to the start of fall camp; however, they said that also led to an increase in communication throughout the team.
Warren will compete in Region 2 with fellow Class 2A teams Conneaut (OH), Mercyhurst Prep and Villa Maria, and Class 3A teams Erie, Fairview and McDowell. Given all the uncertainty of the summer, the Dragons are grateful for the opportunity to compete.
“We are looking forward to every match because we are fortunate to be playing,” Myler said. “Growth and development are our goals.”
Warren opened the season with a 5-0 loss at Fairview Sept. 3.