Wildcats' top players return for new season, new district

Familiar faces are back at the top of the Estero High tennis teams this season.

Elliot DeBolt and Rachel Rosman return as the No. 1 players for the boys and girls teams, respectively.

"I think they'll both be real competitive in districts," said coach Steve Alonzi. "Both are real strong. They have a lot of experience and they play well under pressure."

Estero High number one singles player Rachel Rosman makes a return in a match against South Fort Myers on Tuesday. Rosman defeated Emily Martinez in straight sets.

Photo by KEVIN JOHNSON, Banner

Estero High number one singles player Rachel Rosman makes a return in a match against South Fort Myers on Tuesday. Rosman defeated Emily Martinez in straight sets.

DeBolt cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win against South Fort Myers' Jordan Acevado on Tuesday afternoon. Estero's boys improved to 2-0 with a 6-1 win.

Last year DeBolt lost just two matches and reached the district semifinals. He opened this season losing just one game in a win against Bishop Verot.

Behind DeBolt is a veteran cast. No. 2 is David Wallace, who has rocketed up the Wildcat charts after playing at No. 6 last year.

"He's improved quite a bit. I'm expecting good things from him this year," said Alonzi.

Wallace is off to a 2-0 start in both singles and doubles.

Estero's top five is rounded out by seniors Tyler Pierce (3) and Carl Bleich (4) and junior Jon Holzinger (5). Pierce and Bleich posted 9-2 records in 2005. This season Bleich and Holzinger are 2-0 in singles. Pierce is 1-1.

"I expect all the boys to be real competitive," said Alonzi. "I expect Elliot and Dave to go the furthest of the bunch."

On the girls side, Alonzi has a very young squad.

Rosman, a junior, picked up where she left off last year after an 11-0 regular season which ended with a loss in the district final against Barron Collier. Though the Wildcat girls opened with a 5-2 loss against Bishop Verot on Feb. 16, Rosman won her singles match and then teamed with Taylor Rink to win in doubles.

Estero (1-1) won all seven matches against South, led by Rosman's 6-0, 6-0 win against Emily Martinez. Rink is a freshman playing at No. 2 singles.

"She's really steady," said Alonzi. "The biggest thing I like about her is her hustle."

Another freshman, Chelsie Guffey, is at No. 3. "She shows a lot of potential," said Alonzi.

Guffey lost a tough 7-6, 7-6 match against Verot in the opener, but rebounded with a 6-0, 6-0 win against South's Jessica Doan.

The Campbell sisters round out the top five with senior and four-year player Lindsay at No. 4 and freshman Brittany at No. 5.

Estero's teams are in a new district this season with Bishop Verot, Lehigh, Dunbar, Lemon Bay and Riverdale.

© 2006 marconews.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Comments » 0

Be the first to post a comment!

Share your thoughts

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. You agree not to post comments that are off topic, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be banned. Click here for our full user agreement.

Comments can be shared on Facebook and Yahoo!. Add both options by connecting your profiles.

Features