Ranger Tennis Finishes 12-4; Looks Toward OHSAA Tournament
The Lakewood girls tennis team defeated Bay 4-1 win in the team’s regular season finale last Thursday, completing the season with a 12-4 record. The program made major strides in head coach Lucy Finnegan’s second year at the helm, and looks forward to competing in the OHSAA tournament this week at Oberlin College.
“They are mentally tough,” Finnegan said when asked to describe her team. “The competition was the same [as last year], but we were better this year.” The season’s highlight was a third place finish in the Southwestern Conference Championships. Lakewood had top four finishes in both doubles and third singles. “We’re just constantly improving,” says Finnegan, “the program is always looking forward.”
“It’s been good,” says team captain Louise Figueiredo, a senior. Louise’s leadership has been focused on making the team inclusive and building camaraderie. Senior Haley Stanaitis has performed very well as the third singles player. She transitioned from being a doubles player her first three years at LHS. “The court was smaller [in doubles]….now you have to know how to manage the court better.”
Junior Sarah Yonkers has also been a key contributor. “It’s been a really fun season,” she said, “we started as a good team and got better.” Coach Finnegan is looking forward to competing in the OHSAA sectionals this week at Oberlin College. “Sectionals should be good,” she said. Stanaitis agreed, “I think we have a pretty good shot.”
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