Jim Sayed is going to have to do some teaching this spring with the Father Gabriel Richard tennis team. But the Fighting Irish should be all “set” when it comes to having the right person leading the way.
Sayed, now in his 12th season, has helped lead the Fighting Irish to the Division 4 state tournament a record 10 consecutive years. You don’t have success like that by rebuilding.
“We have a young team with a lot of new varsity players this year,” Sayed says. “We hope to qualify for the state tournament once again and add to our D-4 record of 10 consecutive years.”
Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard went 4-4-1 last year. The Irish were regional finalists and finished in 12th place at D4 State Tournament.
Top returning players include seniors Lindsay Hampo, Cate Adams and Julia Heegan.
The top newcomer is freshman Igne Savickas, who will play No. 1 singles.
FGR opens the season April 11 against Livonia Ladywood.