Mercy Varsity Tennis (MVT) fought hard against many challenging opponents throughout the 2019 season. MVT worked hard in the Catholic League Championship in May, and tied with Cranbrook for second place after Marian.
“We were disappointed that we didn’t win the Catholic League Championship, but we knew that coming in second place was a major accomplishment,” said junior Alivia Callaghan.
This loss made the team even more determined to do well in the Regional Championship. Led by senior captains Jacqueline Hijaouy and Natalie Zielinski, the team was confident that another regional win was on the way. When the day finally came, the girls were ready to play.
“I was definitely nervous,” said Hijaouy, “but once I got out there, I was so excited to be there, and I knew that we had to win Regionals so we could get to the State Championship.”
This was the last chance for the seniors to make it to the State Championship, and they were more prepared than ever. The anticipation and determination fueled the girls during the championship.
MVT’s hard work paid off. Mercy came out as the victors in the Regional Championship over nine other teams. Twelve girls qualified to participate in the State Championship, including many seniors.
“We were all so happy when we won and excited that so many girls qualified for the State Championship,” said Callaghan.
On May 31 and June 1, girls who qualified for the State Championship battled hard while the rest of MVT cheered wildly from the sidelines. They played well, but the teams they were up against were tough to beat. At the end of the tournament, MVT ended up having a four-way tie with three other teams for 14th place of 22 participating teams.
“Even though we didn’t win, it was an amazing experience, and I’m so happy that I was a part of it,” said Hijaouy.