The girls varsity tennis team finished a stellar season by clinching a State Championship title! The team played 12 regular season matches and won 11 of them, falling only to Bullis in a tight 3-4 defeat and ending the regular season as ISL co-champions. The Panthers won the majority of their regular season matches by a score of 7 lines to 0, and were dominant in ISL play, winning 76 lines overall and dropping only 10. They dominated in doubles play, where they went 34-2 during the regular season. In the ISL tournament, they beat Bullis in a tight 4-3 victory, but fell in the finals to Sidwell 4-3.
In the march to the state finals, they quickly defeated Madeira and Collegiate in the first two rounds, beating them 6-0 and 5-1, respectively. In the final round, they upset top-seed St. Catherine's 5-4 in Richmond. Moriah McDonald ’20 struck first with a tidy singles win. Emory Wilson ’23 pulled off the second win in a tight battle. Audrey Lee ’22 continued her winning ways (16-2 for the season!) in a competitive match. An especially amazing win came from Lauren Foster ’23, who was up against St. Catherine’s senior team captain and star player. Foster played her opponent close for half the match, then raised the level of her game, forging a three-game lead. Potomac then needed only one doubles win for the victory. Anna Lerner ’20 was put into the line just for this occasion, as a doubles specialist with McDonald. The duo performed flawlessly, smoking their opponents 10-1 and clinching the state title. Read the Washington Post story here.
At the end of the regular season, the team celebrated its five seniors. Team captain McDonald played #1 singles for the last four years, giving the Panthers consistently strong play at the top. Bliss Davis and Anna Lerner are both veteran doubles players with four years each on the varsity team. Jodie Kuo’s spirit and leadership will be missed, and her doubles play provided great depth. And Nicole Garibaldi ended her varsity career undefeated in regular and postseason doubles play, with a record of 28-0.