Zebras girls tennis has great attitude and ambition

Sport rapidly growing locally
By: Peter Schor for The News Messenger
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The Lincoln High girls tennis team started the fall season in August in the new Foothill Valley League. Their former league featured co-ed tennis, which is now in the fall for the girls and in spring for the boys.

The 25-member team is very young with two seniors, nine juniors, three sophomores, and 11 freshmen.

Head coach Philip Roberts is back for his third season, but he is no stranger to Lincoln High. Roberts was an alumnus, class of ’95, and played four years of varsity tennis as the Fighting Zebras’ No. 1 player; he also played soccer all four years.

Joining Roberts as volunteer assistants are Ken Newell and the author; both are from The Lincoln Hills Tennis Group in Sun City. It is the author’s fifth year working with Lincoln’s tennis program.

New Bleachers

The team did some exceptional fundraising through “Snap-Raise” to buy much-needed bleachers so parents and students could watch the games. The fundraising was spearheaded by co-coach Chris Bender and family, and last year’s tennis team.

The “Snap-Raise” effort was the brainchild of Coach Roberts.

Girls Tennis Reporter

Sophomore Bethany Nguyen is the team’s No. 1 singles player and has taken the position of team reporter. She plans to write for the News Messenger and Zebra Tales this fall.

Junior Karen Lerda will be the team photographer.

Preseason Results

The first match was a close loss to Antelope, 5-4. Lincoln’s No. 2 and No. 3 players, Ashley Anderson and Nina Holm did not play.

Five of the matches went three sets and two were sudden-death tiebreakers.

Fans Welcome

Home matches begin at 3:30 p.m.

The Zebras’ FVL home schedule: Sept. 20 Ponderosa, Sept. 25 Rio Linda; Oct. 2 Placer, Oct. 4 Oakmont, Oct. 16 Nevada Union.

The league championships singles and doubles matches will be played in late October and early November at Johnson Ranch Racquet Club; dates and details to be announced.

Lincoln Tennis Growing

High school, and Parks and Recreation at Jimenez Park are both growing and improving each year. The lighted courts at Jimenez Park are busy at peak hours weekends and even week days.

Many parents of k-12 students are playing tennis with their children.

Tennis Instructions

Visit “Tennis at Jimenez Park Tennis Courts” for details.

_ Peter Schor is a motivational speaker and tennis enthusiast.