Upper Perk senior Alyssandra Licopoli is working hard on her game in hopes of earning the number one singles spot on the Lady Indians team.
Aly Licopoli, who spent the off-season working on her ground strokes and serve, entered practice with the Upper Perkiomen girls tennis team determined to earn the No. 1 singles spot.
Licopoli, a senior, said she expects her toughest challenge to come from freshman Jill Kachmar.
The challenge matches won't occur until next week, according to head coach John Williamson.
He said the Indians will spend the first week of official practice focusing on drills that promote drills agility, strength and endurance.
The team worked out Monday on the school's newly completed tennis courts, which opened last month. "Not having them available for most of the summer was a problem," Williamson said the courts, which had fallen into disrepair. "But the new courts should create a sense of pride for the community. And they are nice for the team to have."
According to Williamson, Upper Perkiomen's four returning players – including Licopoli and classmate Jess Crilley, as well as juniors Amanda Hanshew and Hanna Supplee – will compete for three singles spots.
Sophomores Carly Bernhart and Emily Moll will also be in the mix for the Indians.
The coach said Kachmar, a consistent hitter for her age, will be in the mix.
Williamson said he has seen improvement in his players. He cited the efforts of co-captains Licopoli and Crilley, who attended preseason voluntary workouts religiously.
Licopoli, who played third-team doubles last year, said she wants to get a good example and reach her full potential.
Her goals include qualifying for Pioneer Athletic Conference championship tournament.
"The transition from doubles to singles is not that difficult," Licopoli said. "The biggest difference is more responsibility."
Playing at the net is the best part of her game according to Licopoli. She said adding back spin to her ground strokes and minimizing double faults on serves has been a priority.
"I've got to get more consistent," Licopoli said.