PCD's Girls Tennis has been on a winning streak since mid-October, and in early November won deciding matches against Shea and Hope High Schools to tie for third place in their division. Although they narrowly missed the playoffs, this is the first winning season for the team since 2013.
The team includes seniors Javi Hamel, Ava Kooloian, and Rachele Papineau, junior Casey Hunt, sophomores Caroline Demetrakas and Sophia Sodhi, and freshmen Marguerite Cuzzone and Iris Petrillo.
Winning the season took time, said Coach Seward. "We lost our first two, and then we won our last four. As time went on, we just got better and better, especially in doubles."
The last two wins were particularly exciting, with winning points scored by Kooloian and Petrillo in third set tiebreakers. These points not only decided the matches, but solidified the team's third place finish in the division. Scoring such important points speaks to Kooloian and Petrillo's abilities to work under pressure, Seward said. "It's especially impressive considering they're both first year players."
The singles players had a particularly great season as well, said Seward, with every player earning a winning record. Hamel qualified for the State Singles Tournament, and competed against Barrington's second seed the weekend before Thanksgiving.
Reflecting on their first winning season in seven years, Seward says the team "worked hard and improved. They absolutely earned it."