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Tennis Flyers building on past success

Senior captains chosen for leadership, role model skills
Photo by Erin Achenbach
Lindbergh High School tennis coach Laura Conti, entering her 20th season as head coach, believes 2022 will be a ‘rebuilding’ year.

As she enters her 20th season as the head coach of the Lindbergh girls tennis team, Laura Conti sees 2022 as a building block year for the Flyers. Lindbergh was 11-4 overall last season with an impressive 6-1 record at home.

“I think that it will be a rebuilding year,” Conti said. “Our No. 1 and 2 players are coming back and they’ll be more comfortable in their roles with the team this year. I’m very curious as to seeing who will fill in at the No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 spots.”

Seniors Melissa Ellison, Issy Lombardo and Elowyn Wells will serve as this year’s team captains.

“They were chosen for their leadership on and off the court,” Conti said. “They’re very reliable and great role models for the younger girls on the team.”

Taking on the role of No. 1 singles and doubles this year will be sophomore Belle Daniels.

“Every time she steps on the court, she brings the determination to get to every ball on the court,” Conti said. “She found a way to have a winning season as a freshman at No. 1 singles and doubles last year and I’m looking forward to seeing what she can do this season.”

Another sophomore to keep an eye on this season is Kate Davidson at No. 2 singles.

“Kate has a lot of experience with her playing since she was little,” Conti said. “Overall she’s a good athlete that had a winning season last year and will be even more confident this year.”

Olivia Matejchic is the third sophomore on this year’s squad that will see significant time in both singles and doubles action for the 2022 campaign.

“I’m looking forward to seeing her step up this year,” Conti said. “She’s a good athlete and has beautiful strokes. She’s looking like she has a commanding confidence on the court and is ready to play.”

The Flyers open up the 2022 season at home against Kirkwood Monday, Aug. 29 at 4 p.m.

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