Tennis team dominate regular season, turns attention to state tournament
Bryan Hudnell | Staff Writer
In a majority of the girls’ tennis team’s matches this season, the players have experienced nothing but success.
The Comets head into the postseason with a whole season’s worth of momentum after securing their second straight Greater Miami Conference title with a 18-1 overall record and an undefeated conference record.
After losing their first match to Hathaway Brown, the Comets finished the regular season winning 18 straight matches and only losing five courts during that streak.
Senior Amanda Huser said the team’s chemistry was a major key to its success.
“Our team chemistry and how well we get along with each other is a big reason for our success this year,” Huser said. “We are all very supportive of each other which helps us in our matches.”
Outside of two close matches against Indian Hill and Turpin, the Comets were able to dominate their competition and beat archrival Sycamore twice without losing a single court. Head coach Mike Reid said his team has been very successful against the Aviators.
“They’ve got a quality program,” Reid said. “We’ve beat them pretty soundly the last few years, and we are looking forward to see them again next year.”
The team is filled with talent from top to bottom, including freshman Ananya Aggarwal, who has a team-high 12 wins.
Huser said she believes Aggarwal is able to stay calm in critical situations.
“She’s has a really good mental attitude and that helps her win against the tougher players,” Huser said. “She doesn’t get as nervous as you think a freshman would be.”
Aggarwal also said playing amongst juniors and seniors doesn’t bother her.
“Obviously there are a lot more juniors and seniors so it’s a little intimidating at first,” Aggarwal said. “I didn’t let that get in the way in the matches I played this year.”
After their win against Ursuline Academy on October 4, the Comets advanced to the state team final four which will take place on October 21 in Columbus. Reid said that his team’s resilience will help them bring their first team championship back to Mason.
“We’ve never won a state championship in Mason before as a team,” Reid said. “They’ve all been through many ups and downs together on the court and they’re all really close friends and help support each other.”
With the state tournament on the horizon, Reid said the team will need to rally around each other even more against tougher competition.
“The team is all still involved and the team mindset of winning the tournament is still there,” Reid said. “This helps keep our practices a little more spirited and keeps everyone more excited for the rest of the season.”