The Magnificat tennis team believes it will be a force to reckoned with in the state once again, and hopes to return to the Final Four in Columbus, as well as the State Individual Tournament.
In the toughest tournament in Northeast Ohio, the Magnificat Blue Streaks varsity-A tennis team showed its depth once again as the team placed second out of eight teams.
The Rocky River Invitational, which was held Aug. 17 at Tri-City Park, proved to be a battleground with fierce competition. The Blue Streaks topped rival Westlake, which placed third. North Canton Hoover, the first-place team, edged out Magnificat by just four points.
Junior Emily Witt, the first-singles player for the Blue Streaks, finished second in her bracket by having big wins over Hoover and Kenston, but fell in the final to Westlake’s Lauren Golick.
“I am very happy with my level of play, especially beating Mandy Marchant (of Kenston), who defeated me last year,” Witt said. “This tournament is a great warm-up for the rest of the season.”
Another notable win for Magnificat came with the doubles duo of senior captains Sarah Patrick and Veronica Johnson, who also earned second place at the first doubles spot.
“This tournament showed how much the singles spots have improved since last year,” Magnificat head coach Chris Johnson said. “They are much better prepared for the upper level competition this year. It also was a good barometer for our doubles teams. Our strengths and weaknesses were both revealed, so now it is time to hit the practice court to prepare for the remainder of the season.”
The Blue Streaks go head to head with the Westlake Demons tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. at the Westlake Recreation Center. There they hope to add another win to their record.
Article submitted by Emily Witt