Roberts passes on tennis torch to talented successors

Academy tennis finished off an excellent season,  sending senior star Bianca Roberts, recuperating from injuries,  off to a promising collegiate career next year at Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale.  Roberts’ leadership was the topic of an April 15 feature on Academy tennis on TBO Sports Online.

Roberts hands over her leadership to a talented young group including eighth-grader No. 2 Caroline Lozo, seventh-grader No. 3 Paige Leavy, and juniors No. 4 Christine Holcomb and No. 5 Sarah Port.  Port, Leavey and Lozo won first-round singles matches at Academy’s second straight trip to State competition.  

“It was  a great performance by the team,” Holy Names coach Jonathan Collazo said in a TBO interview. “We’re a young team so we can come back next year and make a better challenge.

Roberts, who did not play singles at the Regional qualifier in Winter Haven because of a stress fracture injury, paired up with eighth-grader Lozo to win the doubles match against Lakeland.   Bringing in singles wins were Lozo at No.1 and Leavey at No.2 each with a two-straight wins and Sarah Port at No.4 with a three-set win, after losing her first set.