MVT ties ASH, looks forward to Catholic Leagues

Although two doubles players Carly Demkowicz and freshman Jacqueline Hijaouy lost their match, they still managed to keep a positive attitude. (Photo credit: Roxana Hijaouy)

Mercy Varsity Tennis (MVT) had a difficult battle against Academy of the Sacred Heart (ASH) on Tuesday. MVT started off the match strong, with two singles, three singles, one doubles, and two doubles all winning their flight. With a heartbreaking tiebreaker loss in the two doubles flight, ASH was able to snag the final match to put the overall team match tally at 4-4.

“I think the team matched up well with Sacred Heart,” said senior team captain Kathryn Dunleavy. “All of the girls have been working really hard and [the team] has really positive energy.”

MVT is very proud of its tie, given that ASH has been a strong Catholic League competitor for years. MVT is eager to face ASH again in the Catholic League tournament May 14.

“This match really motivated us for Catholic Leagues,” said senior team captain Sarah Hinrichs. “I think we have a great shot at winning, or at least performing really well.”

Winning the Catholic League tournament is always a large team goal for MVT, so the players are putting in the preparation it takes to achieve victory.

“We have been practicing very hard,” said Hinrichs. “[MVT] is pumped for Catholic Leagues and the rest of the season.”

Practice will help the MVT girls perfect their skills, but MVT also believes in having a good attitude and keeping a strong team bond.

“I am so proud of all the girls for always having a good attitude and supporting everyone on the team,” said Dunleavy. “[With a good attitude as a team,] we are definitely on the path to success.”