In Old Rochester Regional school history, there is no team that can match the dominance of the girls’ tennis program. Coached by Bob Hohne, the girls have won 9 consecutive SCC championships, and they had not lost a regular season match since 2006. That makes 111 straight victories without a single loss. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and the girls’ streak was snapped when they lost 4-1 to Apponequet High School last Wednesday.
A tennis team has seven players. There are three singles players, and two doubles teams. If you win your match, you get one point toward the final score of the match. Senior all-star Abby Offringa was the only Bulldog to win her match. She easily won over Apponequet’s top player, April Locke, going 6-0, 6-1. Number two singles player, sophomore Julia Nojeim, played a hard game, but eventually lost in three hard-fought sets. Senior Casey Garstang, third singles player, won her first set 6-3, but would lose the next two 2-6, 2-6 to give Apponequet the third singles win as well.
The doubles matches were just as hard fought. Freshman Morgan Middleton and partner Jillian Reichert won their first set 6-4, but then lost the next two 1-6, 1-6. Junior Haley Dickerson and senior Kristin Nascimento also played well, but lost in two sets with a 6-7 decision in each of them.
The girls’ loss does not signify the end of an era, however. Once loss in 7 seasons is nothing to be ashamed of, and they are still in the running for the SCC title, as they play Apponequet later in the season, this time on their home courts. At that point, the girls will have more experience and hope to defeat the Lakers to attain their 10th consecutive title.
By Michael Kassabian