New Rebels coach has girls tennis off to strong start PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bob Kelly   
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 00:48

Amy Polizzi is no stranger to the tennis court despite being in her first year as a head tennis coach at Roncalli High School.



She was an assistant coach for two years at Southport and University high schools and spend two years teaching at the Saddlebrook Junior Academy in Florida. She has given lessons for over the past three decades and it is this experience that she brings to the Roncalli girls tennis program.

It helps that she his familiar with the program since she has three children who has graduated from the southside parochial high school. Toni (2003), Annemarie (2005) and Ben (2008). Polizzi told The Sports Chronicle that she was informed about the opening last July and was encouraged to apply for the position. The rest you can say is history.

This season, Roncalli won its first two matches and came away with a 2-1 slate in the Fishers Invite before the recent rainstorms forced it to postpone three matches. The Rebels, who are ranked number 20 in the latest Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association poll, ran roughshod over visiting Ben Davis who was undefeated heading into its match against Roncalli on Monday. The Rebels manhandled the Giant, 4-1, handing Ben Davis the Giants their first loss of the season.

Senior Lauren Webb plays at number-one singles while sophomore Annie Wagner plays number two. Sophomore Bailey Ransburg anchors the number three slot while junior Dezi Bowman and junior Emily Quill handle duties at number-one doubles. The team of senior Alaina Sangalang and sophomore Ally Crouch plays number two singles.

Players compete each week for lineup spots

Polizzi said these players may be in these spots at this time, but the lineup may change since she has her players compete to be in the lineup and how they finish in the challenge determines what spot that compete in for the Rebels.

"It is how I have always done it, and I think it is the fairest way to put together a lineup," Polizzi said. "It is on the kids to perform, and they know they will be challenged. It has led us to have great practices and the girls like to compete against each other. I think leads to a positive atmosphere."

Polizzi teaches tennis in Fort Meyers, Florida, from November to March before making her trek to Indiana where she gives instructions besides coaching at Roncalli High School. "It is a great situation and I love it."

Tough challenges ahead

The Rebels are off to a great start but will have tough competition in the upcoming Merrillville Invite on April 27 before hosting number 11 Cathedral two days later. Roncalli will be the defending champions when the Marion County Tourney starts on May 7 with the sectional starting eight days later on May 15.

Polizzi said she does not look at the schedule and try to figure our what will be the most competitive matches for her team.

"I anticipate a tough match against everybody because you never know how a team is playing or even the health of its players and that can set you up if you face the team later," Polizzi said. "We try to stay up for everybody."

Polizzi said one of the advantages for her when she took the job was that she has know most of the players since they were around five years old through giving lessons. "I think the familiarity with each other helps a lot."

Click link to see slideshow from match against Ben Davis.





1955 - Forrest Albertson is named MVP for Sacred Heart for the the week by the Kiwanis Club.

1965 - Harold Quiesser scores TD as Chatarnd beats Pike 19-0 in football action.

1975 - Franklin Central gets past Rebels 15-12, 8-15, 15-10 in girls volleyball match.

1985 - Rebels finish second in a three-way boys cross country meet.

1995 - Roncalli downs Beech Grove 15-10, 15-10 in girls volleyball action.

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