It isn’t the wins, losses and statistics that Liz Dwyer is going to remember as much as the human moments, the fun times she enjoyed while playing tennis for Mattituck High School. She’ll remember the sign language she developed with her practice partner, Emily Mowdy, so they could let each other know during a match whether they were winning or losing. She’ll remember the laughs shared during practices.
Liz Dwyer can be her harshest critic. Perhaps that’s why the Mattituck High School tennis player was a little reticent to publicly assess her play against Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Rose Hayes on Monday. READ
Say this about Natalie Kopala, her dad taught her well. Very well.
Kopala is a rookie to school tennis, but hardly a rookie to the sport. She said she has been playing since she was about 5 years old. READ
In high school girls tennis, the difference between Suffolk County League VII and League VIII in terms of caliber of play is tremendous.
While League VIII may be good for a team’s win-loss record, tougher League VII will make a team better. READ
But the word “senior” in front of Liz Dwyer’s name and it makes one pause, stop and think. Senior Liz Dwyer? Could this really be Dwyer’s senior year? READ
A playoff tennis match was nearing its end when knee pain that had plagued Taryn Enck worsened. A junior at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School in the fall of 2009, Enck was playing a doubles match alongside longtime teammate Kayleigh Macchirole. READ
It was at once a breakthrough for a tennis player and a magical moment for her coach. READ
An unusual scenario unfolded on the first singles tennis court at Mattituck High School last Wednesday. Liz Dwyer was struggling.
That is indeed an odd sight because it doesn’t happen often.
Shoreham-Wading River High School’s top singles player, Jillian Dinowitz, believes she is getting better. Her coach, Debbie Lutjen, agrees, seeing improvement in the junior.
Some days everything goes smoothly and life is easy. And then, there are days like the one Liz Dwyer dealt with on Wednesday.
Dwyer had her struggles, but the Mattituck High School junior fought through them, prevailed in a tough tennis match and helped the Tuckers to their first league win of the season, 4-3 over visiting Southampton.