Girls tennis wins conference for 2nd time in history

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Trevor Shields

The girls tennis team won the SPC Championship on Oct. 8. It was the program’s first conference title since 2006.

Joey Jaskowiak, Sports Media class

Champions. That is what the girls tennis team was crowned after winning their second-ever conference tournament. 

On Oct. 7 and 8 the girls competed in the SPC Championship tournament, playing their toughest competition. 

All seven positions on the team earned points. No other team was able to do that. 

“Every single athlete that stepped onto the tennis court throughout the season made that happen,” head coach Trevor Shields said. “Could not be any more proud of the way everyone battled throughout the season and in the tournament. All the recognition goes to the girls.” 

After losing their first set against Oswego East, Allie Murphy and Emily O’Dette didn’t put their heads down and came back and won their second and third sets. 

Mariah Duarte and Kaleigh Serra were conference champions in No. 2 doubles. 

“At the beginning of the match I felt nervous,” Duarte said. “Between each point we would discuss what our general plan was. After the match I felt happy to have won the conference championship title for the second year with Kaleigh.”

The team’s conference title was the program’s first since 2006. 

“Mariah, are always thinking point by point meaning we can forget about our mistakes and not get too ahead of ourselves,” Kaleigh Serra said. “After the match I felt proud of both me and Mariah, and thought it was a good way to end the season.”