The girls varsity tennis team and coaches pose with the trophy after winning the GHSA 2-A state championship on May 8. Photo: Fred Assaf

The varsity girls tennis team defeated Lovett at Berry College in Rome, Georgia on May 8 to win the state championship and become back-to-back champions. “The girls were disappointed last year when we didn’t have the chance to defend our title, so it was especially nice to do it this season,” said Head Coach Matt Marsico. The state championship tournament was not held last year due to COVID-19.

This year’s team consisted of freshman Paige Massey; sophomores Brooke Brumfield and Caitlyn Pinsker; junior Kate Jonas; and seniors Grace Funston, Sidney Funston, Lily Kahn, Jamie Kornheiser and Sidney Silver.

The girls completed  the regular season with a record of 10-1, with their only loss being to Marist early on in the season. In the regular season, the girls played Lovett twice and beat them both times, which included a region championship victory.

In the championship, the team won the No. 2 singles, No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles. No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles did not finish since the three lines were won before their completions.

The No. 1 doubles match, played by Brooke Brumfield and Sidney Funston, won in two sets 6-3, 6-2. Massey dominated the No. 2 singles slot and conquered her opponent in two sets as well. To close it out, Jonas, who played No. 3 singles, ended in two sets, bringing home the victory for the girls.

“It was the best feeling to win because I feel like we put in so much work this year, and we had to be so careful with COVID,” said Sidney Funston. “It was also so cool to basically have a repeat of my sophomore year and beat Lovett 3-0 for my last high school match.”

“All five seniors were amazing,” said Brumfield. “They were all so sweet to everyone on the team and were the best leaders and captains ever.”

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