Ryan Vespi and Murphy Foss
The Varsity Girls Tennis team has added yet another great year to the books. They finished the regular season with a 7-2 league record and a 7-3 record overall. They were also crowned with the title of league champions. This was the tennis team’s first year in a smaller league, so although they were beat by their biggest rival, Christian Brothers Academy, they were able to win the league title.
Leadership is obviously important in every sport, so it helps that the team has two particularly strong leaders, senior Maya Pollock and junior Jungyun Kim. Kim and Pollock have also won almost every match they’ve played. “They are certainly our anchors,” said coach Eugene Sul.
The team moved on to sectionals on Oct. 1. They were set up to face their biggest rival; in order to win they would have to go through a very skilled CBA team, who Coach Sul considers to be the team’s biggest rival as they “trounced” them earlier in the season. Senior captain Katie Tzivanis agrees with Sul, ”they’re certainly our best competition,” said Tzivanis.
The girls beat Chittenango in the first round of team sectionals, but later lost to CBA in a 7-0 shutout. However, no need for fans to be upset, six of the girls moved on to individual sectionals on Monday, Oct. 10. These girls include seniors Katie Tzivanis, Natalie Alweis and Maya Pollock; juniors Jungyun Kim andSara Gow, and eighth grader Inika Gajra. None of the girls were able to advance to the individual sectional finals.
However, the doubles teams of Jungyun Kim and Maya Pollock, and Katie Tzivanis and Natalie Alweis finished as the top teams in their tournaments, and participated in the State Qualifying tournament at Drumlins Tennis Center on Oct. 18.