Early season results have produced positive findings for a Twinsburg girls tennis squad that has equally distributed talent on a roster that has both experience and promising youth.
Second-year head coach Chris Kuzas has liked what he has seen thus far.
Twinsburg is 4-3 overall against a strong slate. The Tigers are 2-1 in the powerful Suburban League Conference in the National Conference.
"We are pretty much right where I thought we would be," offered Kuzas.
The Tigers have registered victories over Kent Roosevelt (by a 4-1 score), Willoughby South (5-0), Cuyahoga Falls (5-0), and North Royalton (5-0).
In the loss column, Twinsburg has fallen to some impressive clubs in Medina Highland (a 5-0 defeat), Brecksville (5-0), and Richfield Revere (3-2).
Kuzas was quick to point out the loss to Revere came down to a contested third singles match.
Revere is 6-2 overall and is expected to challenge this fall in the Suburban League American Conference along with Highland.
One of the favorites in the SLNC, Brecksville is loaded and recently nearly beat state power Massillon Jackson (11-0) in a 3-2 loss.
"Highland and Brecksville are both very strong programs and I anticipate Brecksville winning the conference title," noted Kuzas.
"I'm very much encouraged about the team so far and I expect us to do very well against Stow, Nordonia, and Hudson in the coming weeks," added the coach, of league play.
Twinsburg has been sparked by the play of the first doubles team of juniors Sahaj Bhambra and Allison Riley.
"The first doubles team of Sahaj Bhambra and Allison Riley have been as good as I expected so far this year," pointed out Kuzas. "They are 4-2 as a team with the loses coming from Highland and Brecksville, and the match against Brecksville being a very close 3-set match."
Senior singles standout Claudia Nmai heads this year's list of returnees that also includes Bhambra, Riley, junior Aarushi Singh and junior Krishna Patel.
Nmai competed in her first ever district tournament in 2017 at the Akron Division I District tournament.
However, like many successful high school tennis players, Nmai is competing at the rugged first singles post where she faces top notch talent each match. This usually doesn't result in loads of wins.
"The senior captain, Claudia has had a very difficult schedule so far this year that has included two state qualifiers from last year," said Kuzas, who has been pleased overall.
According to the Tiger mentor, Twinsburg has a tough schedule coming up with Shaker Heights at home Sept. 4, Stow-Munroe Falls at home Sept. 5, Sept. 6 at Hathaway Brown (varsity B team), and league tests at home against Wadsworth Sept. 10, and on the road at Hudson Sept. 12.
"Overall, I am happy with the season so far and we will improve even more in the coming weeks playing a very difficult schedule," said Kuzas.
"I expect the team to be in good positions for both the conference tournament on September 22 and the sectional tournament, where I think we have girls that can contend to qualify for districts."