Mehlville tennis looks to continue forward motion

Exciting newcomers to make Mehlville tennis team stronger

Mehlville High head tennis coach Jill Wojewuczki believes the competition is strong among the members of her 2015 squad, pictured above at the district's tennis courts at Bernard Middle School.

Mehlville High head tennis coach Jill Wojewuczki believes the competition is strong among the members of her 2015 squad, pictured above at the district’s tennis courts at Bernard Middle School.

By Robert Chalupny

The Mehlville Senior High School girls’ tennis team is looking to continue to make positive strides toward rebuilding the program this year.

Jill Wojewuczki became the Panthers head coach when Bill Ebert transferred to Oakville in 2013. Now in her third season with the Panthers, she hopes to continue the forward motion her team achieved in 2013 and 2014. The Panthers finished 2-11 in 2013 and 4-12 last year.

At the beginning of the 2014 season, she told that Call that her ultimate goal is to put the Mehlville tennis program back on the map.

“So with the kids that I have coming in this year and the kids that I know are coming in next year, I think within the next couple of years we’re going to have the opportunity to be pretty competitive,” Wojewuczki said during a 2014 preseason interview.

“I think this year we will be more competitive than we were last year. I think that the quality overall has improved in those that are returning and those that have joined us, but I really am hoping in the next couple of years that we will have a really strong tennis program,” she added.

For the 2015 season, Wojewuczki said the outlook is good and noted that competition among her players is strong.

Junior Andrea Luzaic and sophomore Nora Sieckhaus are both top veterans.

“They contributed at the varsity level last year and will continue to make us strong,” the Mehlville coach said.

The coach also highlighted some exciting newcomers.

“Two new additions that definitely make us stronger are freshmen Allyson Piskulic and Melissa Muminovic. As of now, it looks as if Allyson will be our No. 1 and Melissa will be our No. 3 at the varsity level,” Wojewuczki said.

“There is a battle for the fifth and sixth spot at the varsity level.”