Girls Tennis Team Swings Their Way to Ninth State Title


Kelly Mulligan

The girls tennis team clinched their ninth state championship last Thursday. (From left to right: junior Mia Suarez, sophomore Valentina Rossi, sophomore Jayden Jagolinzer, senior Tori Hagenlocker, freshman Sophia Varabyeva, junior Lia Fletcher, and Head Coach Kelly Mulligan.

Last Thursday, the girls tennis team came together to win their ninth Class 2A State Championship. The team traveled to Red Bug Lake Park in Orlando, Fla., where they competed against challenging teams across the state in both singles and doubles matches.

After an excellent performance in their regular season, the team cruised their way through the postseason, finishing first in both their district and region before heading to States. The girls finished the season with a record of 7- 4.

“The girls played incredibly and with so much heart,” said Head Coach Kelly Mulligan. “The matches were so exciting and all so close. It was really a true team effort.”

The girls beat Pine Crest, 4–1 in the Class 2A semifinals. This win showed strong development since the beginning of the season, when the team lost to Pine Crest 4-3.

The State final match was against Bishop Verot, with a final score of 4-0. This achieved the team’s second state championship in three years, after winning States in 2019.

“We have a very solid team, but I think that in the semis everyone had a hard match for each position,” said sophomore Valentina Rossi. “The feeling of winning states was great. It felt so nice to be a key contributor to the team.”

Mulligan and the players are especially hopeful to continue the success next season, as this year’s team featured an extraordinarily young roster, with three out of five starting players being underclassmen.