Girls Tennis Plays Hard for their Last Match

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Leah Patzkowsky serves across the court during the match held at Mercersburg Academy. “The game was so energetic,” said Patzkowsky. The girls lost their last match but finished their season with a record of 10-5. (Photo Credit: Micheal Lembeck-Edens)

Meg Felsmann, Staff Writer

On Tuesday October 3rd, the State College JV and Varsity Girls Tennis Team played their last game for this 2017 season. The team took a long trip to Mercersburg Academy for their final match. Unfortunately, after a tough fight the team ended up losing with a score of 6-1, however, both junior and varsity played an excellent match, ending their season off with pride. Senior Caroline Paterno said, “They were very tough. They were a really good team. We came up short.” Mercersburg is an undefeated team that has a lot of competition, but State High gave their best effort. Even when one player got injured, she still got up and played to her best ability. Coach Jane Borden said, “Kelly [Vanden] played a great, hard- fought match and won in a third-set breaker, and Saoirse Hopp overcame a tough injury and went out and competed like a champion.” Junior Kelly Vanden also won her singles game. Vanden has been on the varsity team ever since her freshman year of high school.

For their final match, the team decided to have a “Pink Out” to honor breast cancer awareness and those affected by it. Students from State High wore pink that day along with the tennis players to support the cause. Ellie Morar, freshman player said the atmosphere was very fun and energetic! The tennis team had a successful season – both on and off the court. Their record for the 2017 season was a strong finish, 10-5. The girls have accomplished so much and are already excited for next year.

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