Women’s tennis repeats last year’s success

Ethan Weihl
Video Editor

Seniors Gwen Acar and Cecelia Eldridge high five during a match on Sept. 24, 2018 against Rockwood Summit, where the team won 5-4. Photo By Lindsey Bennett

Women’s tennis has had a strong season. After breaking its 25 year losing streak last year, the team won its conference this year with a 9-4 record. 

“We’ve done a great job of improving from last year when we were 8-5,” coach Terry Verstraete said.

The team went on to defeat Ursuline, who it lost to on its senior night, in the first round of Districts and lost to Lindbergh in the second round.

“We’re in a tough district with Lindbergh and Kirkwood, but we played them tough in the regular season,” Verstraete said prior to those matches.

The team has also formed a close bond this season. 

“Everyone’s come together…  to get that double digit win,” sophomore Molly Stevison said in reference to the team’s goal of getting a 10-win record during the regular season. 

Senior Lily Ortinau echoed these sentiments: “The team is really close this year.”

Six seniors are on the team: Ortinau, Gwen Acar, Ella Castleman, Cecelia Eldridge, Kathryn Heddens-Kocher, and Izzy Heintz. The team also has one senior manager, Duncan Clipp. 

Verstraete had high praise for this group of seniors.

“They’re friendly; they’re nice; they’re kind; they’re driven,” Verstraete said.

Ortinau agreed. 

“We’re all very supportive of each other and have lots of fun,” Ortinau said.


Ethan Weihl – Video Editor

This is senior Ethan Weihl’s second year on ECHO Staff. He previously served as News Editor.  He has not decided on college yet, but he wants to major in Political Science, History and/or Journalism.


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