Girls Tennis Serving up Wins, undefeated 8-0 in GMC
Ryan Stocker | MBC Multimedia Reporter
Mason Girls tennis is trending, and trending big. With a 17-2 record on the season, and plowing through the GMC undefeated at 8-0, this squad has tall postseason expectations after finishing as state runners-up last season to all-girls powerhouse Magnificat.
Manned by GMC Coach of the Year Mike Reid, this roster features mostly underclassmen, with the lone exception senior doubles player Nicole Reid and led by stellar first singles play from freshman and GMC Player of the Year Jaimie Kim, who has only lost 3 matches on the season.
Sophomore player Sanjana Reddy was quick to emphasize the team’s desire to rise to the top, stating “we really really want to win state this year.”
Sanjana Reddy analyzes her team’s dynamic and lists goals.
Other notable players include District Qualifiers and rising Sophomores Ananya Aggarwal, Kelly Reid, and rising Freshman Raina Chada.
“It’s fun coaching a team that’s this good. Practices are really good and it’s fun coaching matches,” Coach Reid said.
The Comets claimed their third straight GMC Tennis title and 4th in 5 years on Friday, September 28th. Their onslaught featured a clean singles and doubles sweep of finalists Sycamore (first singles and both doubles) and Lakota East (second and third singles).
Quality wins from a 5-0 drubbing of Sycamore to a hard-fought 3-2 victory at Dublin Jerome litter their regular season resume.
Reddy remains optimistic of her team’s chances despite the changed roster. “Even though we lost five seniors last year, I still think we have a pretty good shot.”
The Comets now turn their attention to the state tournament where Jamie Kim, Anaya Aggarwal, Nicole Reid, and Sanjana Reddy advanced to represent the Comets in the state championship. The team also plays in the final eight of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association state team tournament on Tuesday, October 17 against Ursuline. The winner of that match advances to the state team championship in Reynoldsburg, Ohio on October 22.
Reid said he is preparing his team for the additional postseason rigor ahead.
“You know, it’s challenging,” Reid said. “But this team has the potential to do better than (last season).”