Our Big Red Varsity Girls’ Tennis team recently competed in the Mercer County Tournament and proved that Lawrenceville can dominate the tennis scene. Coming into the tournament, every player on Big Red’s roster was ranked in the top five in the tournament player standings, giving them an advantage against the top teams in the county. The girls dominated the tournament, finishing in the quarterfinals at first singles, the semifinals at third singles, and the finals in both second singles and first doubles. Each player’s performance allowed the team to take home the championship in their first official tournament of the season, an amazing accomplishment all around.
Throughout the competition, the team totaled 23 points after blowout wins against numerous top schools such as Notre Dame, West Windsor Plainsboro, Princeton Day School, and Princeton High School, to name a few. Their depth and strength as a team, in addition to their strong mindset, even in tougher sets, helped them stay competitive even amongst a very strong playing field. Their positivity and mental toughness allowed them to be successful through the end. According to Ms. McMenamin, the coach for the Girl's Varsity Team, “The team win can be attributed to our depth. Our second doubles team is really close in skill and experience to our top singles, so when we went up against [other] teams, that helped almost all our teams advance. It was a team win in that sense.” Grace Weekes, one of the team’s top doubles players, reiterated the importance of maintaining a positive mindset to stay successful in the heat of the moment. She states “Because I was playing doubles, keeping my teammate positive was important. Making sure that she stays comfortable and confident keeps us in the match because we’re working together.”
For the entire Big Red Community, this accomplishment ties us all together. It is great to see a powerful team of young girls accomplish something recognized throughout the entire county. Coach McMenamin explains “It sends a wider message outside our community and it is a proud moment for our School to come out on top when the field is so strong. I think it ties Lawrenceville to Mercer County in a way.” This was the first time our School was in this tournament, and we were able to leave a lasting impression on our opponents and on the court.
By winning the tournament, our Big Red team proved that Lawrenceville can dominate the scene.