Girls tennis team competes in sectionals


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Doubles team Sneha Rajagopal and Brianna Dooley congratulate each other after winning a point against the Princeton team. They do this after every point to emphasize their teamwork and energy.

The Girls Varsity A Tennis Team contended in the first day of sectionals on Wed, Oct. 1.  This is a tournament where each team enters singles players and doubles teams to play against other schools in their section.

It’s an individual bracket, so each singles player and doubles team plays independently from how the rest of the team does.  The top semi-finalists from both the singles and doubles bracket advances to districts.

Amanda Peck, Maggie Skwara, and Alexa Abele participated in the singles bracket. Peck was knocked out in the first round by a girl from Ursuline.

“I think sectionals went pretty decent for me.  It was tough playing in a position I don’t really play at.  I played very well, it’s just my opponent was better than me and there was nothing I could have done,” Peck said.

However, Skwara and Abele each won their first two matches, and only need to win one more match to qualify for districts.

“I’m happy with how I played but I can always improve.  The rest of the team really helped me get through the rough parts of the matches,” Skwara said.

Sneha Rajagopal and Brianna Dooley competed as a doubles team, and so did Jamie Pescovitz and Caroline Gao. Pescovitz and Gao lost their first match to a Turpin team in a tight, three-set match.

Rajagopal and Dooley won their first two matches, but then lost their third match to another one of Turpin’s teams.

“Overall Sneha and I played really well. We had a tough third match and fought it out until the end.  Even though sectionals is the start individual titles it is still a team event and we all support each other so well,” Dooley said.

Sectionals marked the end of the season this year for most of the players on the team other than Abele who will be playing their quarter-final matches on Thurs. Oct. 2.