Mount tennis claims another Catholic Academies title

by Tom Utescher
Posted 11/18/20

For Mount St. Joseph Academy's tennis team, the 2020 pandemic affected the season schedule, but the final outcome remained the same as in years past. The Magic won the Athletic Association of …

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Mount tennis claims another Catholic Academies title

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For Mount St. Joseph Academy's tennis team, the 2020 pandemic affected the season schedule, but the final outcome remained the same as in years past. The Magic won the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies championship for the sixth season in a row.

With no non-league matches this fall, the Mount's final record was 14-0 against AACA opponents, although a few of them forfeited matches during the second round of league play. The MSJ racquetwomen shut out almost of their rivals, 5-0, in the league's three-singles, two-doubles match format.

For the shortened 2020 season, the Magic had senior Grace Walker returning at the number one singles position, while sophomore Dylan Conroy moved up to second singles.

These two athletes won all of their matches except for their encounters with the talented first and second singles players from Merion Mercy Academy. In order to pull out a 3-2 victory in each match in this home/away series, the Magic had to capture the third singles bout and both doubles contests.

In the first match against the Golden Bears, over at Merion, senior Rachel Zilligen won at number three singles, and the Mounties were also able to rely on their regular doubles duos. Sophomore Beth Murray and senior Shanele Tamulevicius combined at first doubles, and the second pair consisted of senior Nancy Mabry and junior Leah Scott.

The line-up changed for the Merion rematch, since Zilligen was away making a college visit.

While the Golden Bears once again took the first and second singles bouts, Murray moved to the third singles spot and secured a key victory for Mount St. Joe's. Mabry and Scott were kept together for pairs play, this time bumping up to first doubles and winning that match. Junior Ellie Devine was selected to play with Tamulevicius, and they prevailed at second doubles for the Magic.

Throughout Mount St. Joseph's six-year championship run Joy Grafenstine has been head coach of the program, and for the past two seasons, she's been assisted by Kate Murray.

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