2007-03-30 / Sports

Girls Tennis Preview: Changes In Store For BCHS

By Elio Velez

Qualifying for two back-to-back PSAL tennis semifinal appearances felt wonderful for Beach Channel Lady Dolphins head coach Clare Cohen.

But as Cohen starts a new campaign, she knows that there were going to have to be changes. Those successful girls' tennis teams in the past were filled with experience.

The Dolphins were undefeated in the regular season at 12-0 in 2006. In 2007, BCHS has gone off to a slow start, losing their first two matches.

But for the most part, this year's team has little tennis experience but Cohen wasn't surprised at all by that development.

First singles player Tiffanie Parchment graduated after the Lady Dolphins were eliminated by Boys and Girls in the PSAL B semifinals at Queens College last May.

In her four seasons on the varsity, Parchment won an impressive 40 matches and only lost three. Second singles player Seneca Nelson was undefeated in her only season on the varsity. Though now a senior, Nelson did not return to the squad.

She expected to be coaching what is basically a new roster and building a core set of players to once again compete for the top spot of the PSAL Queens B1 Division.

It might just take a while. Some of the players she expected to join didn't for various reasons.

"We made it two years in a row but everyone graduated," Cohen said before her team lost a 3-2 decision to Hillcrest High School on March 26.

"Now I'm starting over again."

Cohen says there is promise because her first and second singles players have previous experience. Ejiro Uguala and Anieka Wilson have played with the New York Junior Tennis League.

The other players, who have little varsity experience, are learning as the season progresses. Cohen says that when the PSAL season concludes in May, she hopes that some of her players will continue to play with New York Junior Tennis League.

"Some of them are learning how to play and have fun," Cohen said as some players are expected to continue with tennis by playing with the NYJTL during the spring and summer.

"Hopefully some of them will continue to do it in May and comeback next year."

Far Rockaway Lady Seahorses

The Seahorses will try to endk four straight losing seasons by elevating their senior players to starting position as single players.

Bib Fa Amin, who played doubles for Far Rockaway in 2006, will be the first singles players. Monique McKenzie and Amanda Johns will be the second and third singles respectively for head coach Walter Wilkerson.

Far Rockaway got their first win but they didn't even step on the tennis court. They won on forfeit against Springfield Gardens on March 21.

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