The coronavirus pandemic modified rather a lot concerning fall sports activities this season together with women tennis with a later begin date, much less matches total, the cancellation of the singles and doubles tournaments and county tournaments. A bunch of guidelines and pointers have been put in place as effectively.
However one factor stayed the identical, Pingry gained a sectional title.
With a 5-0 victory on Friday, top-seeded Pingry, No. 5 within the NJ.com Prime 20, defeated third-seeded Notre Dame within the Central West Area C event last on the Warren Racquet Membership. The title is the Huge Blue’s ninth since 2011.
“It’s actually superior,” stated Pingry’s lone senior starter Caeley Feeney. “All 4 years of my time right here we’ve gained our state part. Regardless that we had a shortened season, to win it once more, it’s superior. With the coronavirus, I’m simply joyful we have been capable of have a season. I used to be nervous we weren’t going to play.”
Feeney defeated Elizabeth Sullivan at third singles, 6-1, 6-0. At first singles, Gia Graziano topped Phoebe Kong, 6-0, 6-1, and within the second singles match, Sarah Kloss beat Kate Spadeo, 6-0, 6-0.
On the opposite facet of the spacious venue, Olivia Gallucci and Sabrina Schneider teamed as much as report a 6-0, 6-0 win towards Isabella Dussias and Emma Spadea at first doubles and the duo of Carson Clunis and Zoe Wang additionally defeated Dominique Beeck and Abigail by the identical rating, 6-0, 6-0, at second doubles.
Throughout, it was an excellent afternoon for the Huge Blue.
“I believe all of us performed strong matches. We simply got here right here and tried our hardest and it labored out. It was superior,” Feeney stated. “We’ve performed them just a few occasions since I’ve been right here, so coming in we sort of knew what to anticipate.”
Groups left and proper both opted out or dropped out of the postseason as a consequence of COVID-19 considerations. Notre Dame (7-5) ended up making the ultimate with out taking part in anyone as second-seeded Gill St. Bernard’s was compelled to withdraw.
“It was a bit of bizarre truly,” Feeney stated. “We anticipated to possibly play Gill as a result of they have been the upper seed, however then their faculty acquired closed down. Corona modified the whole lot actually.”
Whether or not or not tennis was going to performed was up within the air for the previous few months. However Pingry performed and dominated and sits at an ideal 10-0 with one final potential match to go subsequent week.
“I used to be actually nervous that the season was going to occur. We began working towards on September 14th too which was rather a lot later than standard,” Feeney stated. “Tennis is a straightforward sport to socially distance, however once I envisioned how my senior season would go, it was nothing like this. I used to be excited for counties and possibly (teams) and the (Event of Champions) as a result of our group was actually sturdy, and there’s none of that.
“However I didn’t take any of this yr as a right.”
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