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October 30, 2013

Beatty's Bunch eyes a positive future

NFL tennis champions are poised for 2014 and beyond

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Lockport’s first singles position was up for grabs prior to the start of the season. Beatty opted for consistency.
“Kathryn came off of our first doubles team, where she was a First Team NFL all-star. I knew it would be a challenge for her to make that transition and it was difficult for her, but she’s a young woman of character,” Beatty said.
“She understood that it wasn’t all about wins and losses. Everyone has their role to play and she just pulled her shoes on and did it every day.”
Krawczyk said it can get frustrating at times at the most competitive position in every tennis match.
“I did my best and tried to remember that every time I walked out on the court, I was going up against their team’s best,” Krawczyk said. “It got frustrating some of the time, but I tried to remember that the whole team was behind me and that every one on the team had an equal part in every match. I think we’re looking very good for the future. We’ve got three really good freshmen who’ve got three more years of good playing to look forward to.”
Beatty said you couldn’t find two more different styles of singles play than Krawczyk and Portka.
“Delaney’s a big hitter and goes for the a lot of winners. When she’s on she looks extremely strong and when she’s not, she sometimes struggles,” Beatty said. “Kathryn doesn’t have a big, booming shot, but she’s consistent — like a backboard. She’ll hit it back and forth all day and it was her consistency that beat a lot of people.”
Beatty said the most improved player on the team was the headstrong Fragale, who went 14-0 at third singles.

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