Jenna Overzat graduated from School of the Holy Child seven years ago. Now she’s back to lead the Gryphons’ tennis team in a positive direction as head coach.
“It’s unbelievable being with the girls and seeing them experience what I did,” said Overzat. “I’ve heard from many parents that the kids are so excited to have a young, female coach who has been in their shoes. Even for non-tennis things like ring day or prom, I can relate.”
The first-time head coach couldn’t be happier with her 12-girl roster. Headlining the cast are senior captains Kelly Mehr, the No. 1 singles player and four-year star, Kirsten Hantho and Meg Collins. Collins and Hantho are the Gryphons’ top doubles tandem, followed closely by the team of Allie Considine and Stephanie Taylor. In Holy Child’s first action of the season – a scrimmage versus King – the doubles teams swept their matches in a 4-3 loss.
The coach expects big things from talented newcomer Tori Almeida, as well as singles players Mary Millard and Morgan Muller. Meghan O’Neill and Caroline McKay are the third doubles team, and Gianna Ciminello and Lizzy Crowley round out the roster.
“This is a very special group,” said Overzat. “Every girl brings their ‘A’ game to practice each day. We want to make sure we never get down on ourselves and continue to stay positive throughout the season.”
Overzat and Holy Child have an April 15 date with Convent of the Sacred Heart circled on their calendar. The Greenwich school was a rival during Overzat’s playing days, and is still that same talented foe today.