Saints Tennis Makes Strong Showing at State Championships
Saints Tennis Makes Strong Showing at State Championships
Jake Myers

The St. Andrew's boys and girls tennis teams capped off their exciting seasons on Friday afternoon at the 2018 DIAA state championships. The boys finished as runner-ups in the team championship, losing to Caesar Rodney 22-19, while the girls placed third.

Gus Richards '19, competing at 3rd singles, finished as the runner-up, losing in three hard-fought sets (4-6, 6-4, 1-6) to Caesar Rodney. John McKee '18 and Will Park '19, who entered the tournament as the number one-seed 1st doubles team, came out victorious and were crowned state champions after winning their match in straight sets (6-1, 6-3). Not to be outdone, Will Weaver '18 and Cole Kay '21 took home the 2nd doubles crown as they defeated conference rival Sanford School by a final score of 7-5, 6-4. Evan Chiu '18, competing at 2nd singles, earned key points for the Saints by advancing to the state semi-finals.

"I couldn't be prouder of our guys for how they competed all season long and especially in the state tournament," said boys tennis Head Coach Taylor Foehl. "We talked all year about getting ourselves in a position to play our best tennis at the end of the year, and to have five of our seven starters playing on the very last day of the season in the finals was awesome. Winning two doubles state championships shows the remarkable depth of our team, and it was great to send this senior class off with some hardware!"

On the girls side, Jolie Chin '18 capped off an outstanding career with a second place finish at 3rd singles. Battling until the end, Chin lost her championship match by a final score of 6-7 (3-7), 1-6. In 2nd doubles, the undefeated pairing of Anya Dhawan '19 and Mimi Wilmerding '21 proved unstoppable as they won their championship match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0. The first doubles team of Kathryn Rickert '19 and Charlotte Gehrs '20 also earned valuable points for the states as they advanced all the way to the state semi-finals.

"At the beginning of the season, I told the team our goal this year was to knock out some of the traditional powerhouses in the state," said girls tennis Head Coach Peter Hoopes. "If we worked hard in practice and stayed focused, I knew we could do it. This year, we did just that, beating Tower Hill and Archmere for the first time in nearly a decade. The girls enjoyed being #1 in standings for most of the year and are extremely excited about taking this momentum forward into next season."