Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Coaching Change Making Few Ripples for Blue Devils Team

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Coaching Change Making Few Ripples for Blue Devils Team

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It's different, yet more of the same.

The Mt. Lebanon girls' tennis team has a new man at the helm. With the retirement of longtime coach Dave Shenefelt, assistant Nick Salvo takes over.

"It's very similar, because Mr. Salvo been there with us all the time," senior Meredith Brown said. "They are just very different people in how they coach the team, but they both do an excellent job."

Salvo inherits a team that went 13-4, but missed out on the playoffs by taking third place in brutal Section 4-AAA with Bethel Park, Peters Township and Upper St. Clair to contend with.

"That's what happens when you play in the toughest section," former junior varsity coach Salvo said. "And I think that overall the section is really strong again this year. But I am extremely pleased in the girls. They are playing amazingly well so far."

That play starts at the top, with No. 1 singles player Brown. With four of seven starters returning and a young sophomore at No. 2, Mt. Lebanon will need Brown to win for the team to stay in matches overall.

"It's a pretty balanced team, but she is our clear-cut No. 1," four-year assistant Salvo said. "She's primarily a baseliner and she's a grinder. But she's got very nicely developed strokes."

Brown played second singles last year, and she said that it might only be one spot up, but the adjustment cannot be understated.

"There really is, because the level of play is just really pushed up," Brown said. "There are a lot of girls who play so many tournaments and play their entire life."

Taking Brown's old spot at No. 2 is sophomore Amy Marchlen. Last year's third singles player is working on improving her power game and getting to the net.

"Most teams, like Peters and USC, I am used to the competition because I play in tournaments with many of them," Marchlen said. "The other teams not as good, but I still expect hard competition from them."

Rounding out the projected lineup are junior Jillian Voelker at third singles, juniors Claire Kelly and Tara Satterfield at first doubles and seniors Margot Scheiferstein and Melody Yue at second doubles. …

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