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Weber hopes to make another title run
by Greg Oshust
April 17, 2014 08:53 AM | 1035 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Weber's Eden Axler returns a shot during practice.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Weber's Eden Axler returns a shot during practice.
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Weber fell just short of its first state girls’ tennis championship last year when it lost to Westfield in the GISA Class AAA finals.

The Rams now begin the final stage of their latest quest for the state crown as they look forward to the Region 1AAA tournament in Peachtree City next Wednesday.

Weber appears to be in a good position to challenge for the AAA title after finishing the regular season with a 6-1 record, earning the Rams the top spot in 1AAA for the fourth consecutive year.

“Our team is stronger than last year and we’re having a great season as of right now,” Weber coach Patrick Pelt said. “We’re very strong.”

The Rams are trying to build on their breakthrough success of 2013, when they reached the state finals for the first time in school history after losing in the first round the previous two years.

“It’s meant a lot to [our players],” Pelt said. “I was very proud of them last year. They worked very hard and they’re working even harder this year to accomplish their goal of winning state.”

For Pelt, a strong team cohesiveness and hard work have been the keys to Weber’s success over the last few years.

“It’s just a matter of being accountable for everyone and being accountable at practice and just giving 110 percent while you are there at practice,” Pelt said. “They’re very outgoing and very outspoken and very motivated. This year, we have become stronger than last year and they see the potential of being able to actually win state and they got a taste of it last year.”

Senior Lauren Rein leads the way at No. 1 singles, while juniors Eden Axler and Tav Cohen are mainstays at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively.

Juniors Joni Seligson and Samantha Leff team up at No. 1 doubles, and junior Samantha Krantz and freshman Olivia Goldstein are the No. 2 doubles unit.

Weber looks for a return trip to the GISA AAA state team tournament in Augusta April 29, where the Rams are expected to once again contend with defending champion Westfield as well as last year’s semifinalists, Augusta Prep and Deerfield-Windsor.

“Our chances are very good this year for winning state,” Pelt said. “We’re where we need to be. We could use a little more practice and a little more match play. We’re a very strong team. We are looking to make another run at the state tournament. We’ve become stronger than last year and we can only hope that the result will be stronger this year.”

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