Women’s tennis defeated in championship match

The tennis team had a winning record and managed to make their way to the championship game. The only two losses they had during the regular season were to Friends School and St. Timothy’s (the two teams that beat them in the conference title match.) The overall record for their season was 7-2.

As a whole, the team didn’t meet the expectations they had, but senior Catherine Gordon and juniors Imani Love and Amanda Weerasooriya still finished strong. JC finished third in the conference behind Friends and St. Timothy’s School.

Gordon, who transferred this year from Roland Park Country School, won the championships for first singles. Gordon shut out her opponent Rachel Bolan from Friends, 6-0, 6-0.

St. Timothy’s Gladwin Gilman and Regan Lichtenberg beat JC juniors Imani Love and Amanda Weerasooriya in the second doubles final. Love and Weerasooriya knew before they played that JC couldn’t win first place in the tournament regardless of whether they won their final match, due to Friends and St. Timothy’s Schools’ winning more first and second round matches.

Even with the loss, Weerasooriya maintained a good attitude about the season overall. “I think our team was pretty strong this year, [but we] could have gone farther as a whole,” she said.

As for next season, the tennis team is losing four seniors—Gordon at first singles, Susan Lubejko at second singles, Mollyann Pais at first doubles (partner Elisa Rehak is a junior), and Kaitlyn Hardwick.

Weerasooriya also has high hopes for next year as it will be her senior year. “[The seniors] have been a great asset to our team, so I hope everyone else on the team will be able to step up and take their place [next year],” she said.

Stephanie Laird can be reached for comment at [email protected]. Amanda Graziano can be reached for comment at [email protected].