Dublin Coffman ladies tennis coach Brett Hundertpfund has the kind of crew 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, didn’t 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 subsequent 12 months received a match at state.
This fall, Coffman captured its second consecutive league championship and sure has its deepest crew in 11 seasons below Hundertpfund.
The Shamrocks — who had been ranked third within the state Sept. 19 behind Mason and North Canton Hoover, in response to ohiotenniszone.com — returned a pair of state singles qualifiers in senior Dasha Chistyakova and junior Pritika Ghosh Choudhuri.
“You need to have these gamers that play tournaments, take non-public classes, hit with their mother and father and play on a regular basis,” Hundertpfund stated. “We’re blessed with three prime gamers in singles, and our first doubles have some good wins.
“I simply give attention to the women taking it one match at a time, and it doesn’t matter what different persons are saying about us, I would like them to fret about one another and to give attention to that match as an important one. We’re ranked, and generally you begin to really feel slightly further strain, so I don’t like to take a look at (rankings).”
Coffman went 5-Zero 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 total.
Included of their victories was a 3-Zero determination Sept. 12 over Olentangy Liberty within the district quarterfinal spherical of the OTCA crew match.
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 closing.
The Shamrocks have by no means superior to the state crew match, which is scheduled for Oct. 23. The state particular person match might be held Oct. 21 and 22 at Lindner Household Tennis Middle in Mason.
Chistyakova and Ghosh Choudhuri each reached the quarterfinal spherical of the state singles match 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, dropping within the first spherical.
“We’re having enjoyable,” Chistyakova stated. “We’ve got loads of new individuals and we’re educating them numerous new issues. We’ve got two ladies who’re freshmen and so they simply began taking part in, however they’ve simply began getting severe about tennis so we’ve been educating them find out how to keep aggressive.
“It’s fairly enjoyable (to be on this crew). I’ve gotten actually shut with loads of the women. We’ve truly develop into associates.”
Chistyakova, who believes her total recreation has develop 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 taking part in both first or second singles for the Shamrocks. The Division I sectional match might 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 joyful to get (to state) within the first place (final season), and profitable within the first spherical made it higher,” Ghosh Choudhuri stated. “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’s been very, very enjoyable. We’re dealing with issues very properly and all the women are assured. With (sophomore) Lauren (Burkett) taking part in third (singles), our singles lineup may be very robust, and our first doubles may be very robust, too.”
In keeping with Hundertpfund, Burkett doubtless could be taking part in second and even first singles for a lot of packages in central Ohio. As an alternative, 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 favored is whereas (Ghosh Choudhuri and Chistyakova) clearly have slightly little bit of a rivalry, they’re positively those I see out on the court docket supporting one another,” Hundertpfund stated. “The cool factor is that they’re primarily each first-singles gamers, and you’ll name Lauren a first-singles participant, too, as a result of she has that caliber.”