When Magnificat’s tennis team needed a clutch win to make or break their season, the Blue Streaks delivered.
On Sept. 19, the Magnificat varsity-A tennis team played the third round of the OTCA Division I girls team tournament versus Canfield High School. The atmosphere was tense, as a loss for Mags would cost them their quest to reach the Final Four once again in Columbus for the team tourney.
Despite Canfield having home court advantage, the Blue Streaks had a good crowd of supporters to root them on. Magnificat won at second doubles easily by Miranda Farinacci and Miranda Manimbo, who dropped only two games in their 6-2, 6-0 win. First doubles did not have such luck, as Sarah Patrick and Veronica Johnson were defeated 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
With the match tied at 1-1, it was then up to the singles players to bring home the victory.
At first singles, Emily Witt prevailed over Canfield’s Allison Pavlansky 7-6, 6-2. Lauren O’Malley came back from losing the first set at second singles to defeat her opponent 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
With the team having already secured its 3-1 win, play was suspended at third singles due to darkness, allowing the Streaks to get the clutch victory.
“The girls did a great job raising their intensity level and dealing with adversity,” Magnificat head coach Chris Johnson said. “We dealt with an extremely long bus ride, a hostile environment and impending darkness.
“I have been preaching focus on each and every point, and all of the girls delivered in a big way,” he added. “This was a huge win, not only because it was a coach’s cup match, but the girls proved to themselves what they are capable of, and gained a lot of confidence.”
Submitted by Emily Witt