Tennis finished undefeated

By Matt Raab, Sports Editor

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The girls tennis team continued its momentum from a dominant start to the season, finishing the year an undefeated 12-0 with counties around the corner.

“I’m really proud of us,” senior Joan Albrecht said. “It’s been a great season.”

The team has improved from last year’s single-loss season, with its win tally including victories over Whitman and Wootton, the two teams that finished in a three-way tie with CHS for the county title last season.

According to sophomore Hayley Keats, the Bulldogs are the best team in the division.

“We’ve won all our matches,” Keats said. “Last year we only lost to Whitman.”
The Bulldogs have more than matched their successful efforts last season despite losing key players to graduation, allowing CHS to continue its run of girls tennis dominance.

The team’s season concluded with a win over Kennedy Oct. 11. The Bulldogs closed out the season with well-deserved high expectations heading into the postseason.

“We’re really confident,” Albrecht said. “I think we’re going to win counties.”

Win 11 of this season’s streak came against Richard Montgomery Oct. 9, preceded by a victory over B-CC Oct. 4 in tough rain and cold conditions. Even in tough conditions, the team pulled out a win handily.

“If it’s windy the balls fly and if it’s cold our hands hurt, but everyone played really well against B-CC,” Keats said.

Before the B-CC match were victories over Wootton Sept. 24, Whitman Sept. 28 and Springbrook Oct. 2. The team displayed a unique breakdown of players to arrive at these and all other wins.

“The sophomores have carried the singles, and the seniors carried the doubles,” Albrecht said.

Whitman was CHS’ only loss last season, so this year’s victory has provided confidence as the first rounds of the postseason,  which started Oct. 23, progress, with all of the Bulldog’s traditional rivals having been been beaten.

“Hopefully this year we can win the county just as a team,” Keats said.