Dublin Coffman ladies tennis coach Brett Hundertpfund has the kind of group that he calls “each coach’s dream.”
The Shamrocks had their solely Division I state champion in 2007 when Kate Turvy, who went on to play for Northwestern, did not lose a set at state. Additionally they had state singles qualifiers in 2011 and 2012, however neither Ashwatha Thenappan in 2011 nor Ashley Tan the following yr received a match at state.
This fall, Coffman captured its second consecutive league championship and sure has its deepest group in 11 seasons below Hundertpfund.
The Shamrocks – who had been ranked third within the state Sept. 19 behind Mason and North Canton Hoover, based on ohiotenniszone.com – returned a pair of state singles qualifiers in senior Dasha Chistyakova and junior Pritika Ghosh Choudhuri.
“You wish to have these gamers that play tournaments, take personal classes, hit with their dad and mom and play on a regular basis,” Hundertpfund mentioned. “We’re blessed with three prime gamers in singles, and our first doubles have some good wins.
“I simply deal with the ladies taking it one match at a time, and it doesn’t matter what different persons are saying about us, I need them to fret about one another and to deal with that match as a very powerful one. We’re ranked, and typically you begin to really feel just a little further strain, so I do not like to have a look at (rankings). ”
Coffman went 5-0 within the OCC-Central Division to defend its league title, which included a 3-2 victory over Higher Arlington on Aug. 30.
With a 3-2 win over Jerome on Sept. 20, the Shamrocks improved to 11-1 general.
Included of their victories was a 3-0 determination Sept. 12 over Olentangy Liberty within the district quarterfinal spherical of the OTCA group event.
The win superior the Shamrocks to a semifinal in opposition to Olentangy, with the winner to satisfy UA or New Albany for the district title on a date to be decided.
Final season, Coffman beat UA 3-2 for the league title however misplaced 3-1 to the Golden Bears two days later within the OTCA district remaining.
The Shamrocks have by no means superior to the state group event, which is scheduled for Oct. 23. The state particular person event shall be held Oct. 21 and 22 at Lindner Household Tennis Heart in Mason.
Chistyakova and Ghosh Choudhuri each reached the quarterfinal spherical of the state singles event final season after ending third and fourth, respectively, at each the sectional and district tournaments.
Chistyakova additionally was a state singles qualifier as a sophomore, shedding within the first spherical.
“We’re having enjoyable,” Chistyakova mentioned. “We have now numerous new folks and we’re educating them plenty of new issues. We have now two ladies who’re freshmen and so they simply began enjoying, however they’ve simply began getting critical about tennis so we have been educating them tips on how to keep aggressive.
“It is fairly enjoyable (to be on this group). I’ve gotten actually shut with numerous the ladies. We have truly change into buddies. ”
Chistyakova, who believes her general sport has change into extra balanced, started the season at first singles with Ghosh Choudhuri at second singles, however the two switched locations in early September.
Ghosh Choudhuri expects larger issues this postseason in her third season enjoying both first or second singles for the Shamrocks. The Division I sectional event shall be held Oct. 4, 6 and eight, with the highest 4 finishers in singles and doubles at every of the 4 websites advancing to district Oct. 11 and 15 at UA.
“I used to be simply completely happy to get (to state) within the first place (final season), and successful within the first spherical made it higher,” Ghosh Choudhuri mentioned. “I used to be simply there for the expertise and it gave me that motivation and push to push ahead within the offseason.
“Clearly, it has been very, very enjoyable. We’re dealing with issues very effectively and all the ladies are assured. With (sophomore) Lauren (Burkett) enjoying third (singles), our singles lineup may be very sturdy, and our first doubles may be very sturdy, too. ”
In response to Hundertpfund, Burkett possible could be enjoying second and even first singles for a lot of applications in central Ohio. As a substitute, she has offered an uncommon quantity of depth at singles.
Senior Emily Yoshino and sophomore Bethel Binyam have been at first doubles.
“What I’ve preferred is whereas (Ghosh Choudhuri and Chistyakova) clearly have just a little little bit of a rivalry, they’re undoubtedly those I see out on the courtroom supporting one another,” Hundertpfund mentioned. “The cool factor is that they are basically each first-singles gamers, and you may name Lauren a first-singles participant, too, as a result of she has that caliber.”