Tonawanda News — It’s been a while since North Tonawanda senior Gretchen Ringler lost a singles match. Against opposing teams, that is.
She went 14-0 this season in Niagara Frontier Play, without ever losing a set, and the only player to beat Ringler this year was her own teammate: junior Jessica Robins, who also was 14-0 on the season.
“In my humble opinion, her biggest competition this year was Jess,” said NT coach John LeMar. “The only player Gretchen lost to this year was Jess in practice... They’re excellent players and it’s real beneficial to them (to play against each other in practice). Knowing you won’t face anybody a big level above that, at least in our league, it helped the both of them go undefeated this year.”
Ringler and Robins, playing first and second singles respectively for the Lady Jacks this season, were both perfect on the season, leading NT to a 10-4 regular season record. With their regular season goals accomplished, the Lady Jacks teammates will finish the season as doubles competitors, starting today as the No. 1 seed in the NFL tournament.
On the court the two girls compliment each other very well. Ringler is a consistent, methodical player who never misses a shot, LeMar said. Robins has more power in her game, especially on her forehand, and LeMar said she is one of the few girls in the NFL that can put pressure on opponents with her big shots.
“I think their chemistry is very good. They get along great, they’re great players — actually the thing we did different this year was from the first day of practice in mid-August I had an idea I wanted to send them for doubles,” LeMar said. “We practiced doubles with them every day this year with them together.”
Ringler is looking forward to teaming up with Robins after both players had so much singles success this season.