Indian Hill Girls' Tennis, Riding High Again This Season


Indian Hill girls' tennis has been one of the most successful athletic programs in CHL history. So far this season, they have continued their success. Coach Gary Samuels has provided us with some information on this year's team.

Indian Hills girls varsity tennis team has been in the state finals of the State Team Championships 4 of the 5 past years.  Last year, they finished 3rd.  This year's squad is projected to match this successful run of great tennis at our school.  Currently, Indian Hill is ranked 2nd in the state in Division II despite the loss to graduation last year of two talented seniors.  Gracey Hirsch is a Penn State signee and Julia Yingling is attending Yale University.  

The team is off to a strong start with a 10-1 record as of this posting.  They defeated two top Division I schools Turpin & Mt. Notre Dame by identical 3-2 scores. The Brave's only loss was to Mason 3-2.  The Comets are currently the #1 ranked D1 team in the state.  The team played short-handed as #2 singles player Samantha Pregel was out with an injury at that time.  The Braves have won five consecutive matches since Pregel returned to the lineup. On September 4, Indian Hill overcame CHCA 3-2 to advance to the semi-finals of the OTCA District Team Tournament. Their opponent will be Oakwood.  The match will be played at Indian Hill on September 24.

This year's team includes six returning players.  The premier player is junior Hayley Hirsch who was named 1st team All Ohio in her freshman & sophomore years.  Hirsch was also last year's Enquirer City Player of the Year.  Samantha Pregel was a state singles qualifier as a sophomore and has continued to improve every year.  Also improved and returning from solid freshman seasons are Jessica August and Jessie Budde.  Both Jessica & Jessie will be keys to our success this year as they have been moved up higher in the starting lineup.  Nina Price returns for her 4th varsity season as one of the best doubles players in the state.  She was a state quarter-finalist last year.  Senior Madeline Major is back after being named 1st Team All City in doubles last year.  The team has been excited about the additions of Callie O'Dell & Jenny Zhang to the varsity.  O'Dell & Zhang will be counted on heavily throughout the season.

Indian Hill is attempting to win their 22nd straight CHL title.  With their 2 league match wins so far this season, they have won 94 league matches in a row.  Their last league loss was in October of 2003.  None of the current players were in school yet, and some weren't even born!  

Good luck to the Braves as they go for the league title and success at the singles and doubles state championships and the team championships.

Thanks to Coach Gary Samuels for the information.  Coach Samuels is in his 8th season as the Brave's varsity girls' tennis coach.