Girls tennis team celebrates seniors and a win against Ryan


Seniors Elizabeth Hennessey, Caroline Downs, Erin Egan, Samantha Rock, and Lydia Stong are feted at the girls tennis team’s Friday afternoon match.

Samantha Rock, Staff writer

The Archbishop Carroll girl’s tennis team honored their five seniors and experienced a big, 4-1, win against Archbishop Ryan on October 6.

“It was great to see the sun for senior day,” said sophomore Evie Koroly. “Looking forward to the playoffs.”

Seniors Erin Egan, Elizabeth Hennessy, Caroline Downs, Lydia Stong, and Samantha Rock were surprised with balloons and posters at Valley Forge Military Academy, the location of their home games. 

“Girls tennis is such an amazing team!” Egan said. “I only joined this year as a senior, but I feel so connected to all of the girls. Senior night was so much fun. Thank you to all of the coaches, players, parents, and faculty for making it such a memorable night!”

The underclassman made posters with candy and pictures for the seniors. They also decorated the tennis courts with streamers and balloons. 

“I think senior night was super fun and I’m so happy for the seniors graduating, but also sad because I’ll miss them next year,” said sophomore Catherine Dambrowski. “Senior night is always fun and I’m so happy that I got to practice and play with them.”

Senior parents came to support their daughters and watch them play. Pictures were taken of the girls with their parents. Parents and players were provided with snacks and drinks by the coaches and parents. 

“The team is so much fun and we all support each other,” Stong said. “Cool girls play tennis.”

Principal Mr. William Gennaro and Mr. Ron Cummings came to the match to support their seniors. 

Before the match began, Mr. Cummings announced the seniors, who were escorted by their parents. Mr. Cummings also announced each senior’s favorite memory from tennis and their plans after high school. While their names were being announced, the seniors received flowers and then walked through a tunnel the underclassman made by holding up their rackets. After that, the seniors took pictures with their parents, coaches, and teammates.

Following the celebration, the matches began. The final scores of the matches are as follows: 

1st singles: Elizabeth Hennessy lost 0-6, 1-6.

2nd singles: Annette Engle won 7-5, 6-3.

3rd singles: Caroline Downs won 6-3, 6-3.

1st Doubles: Therese Laphen and Macie Schundler won 6-3, 6-1.

2nd doubles: Lydia Stong and Evie Koroly: 6-0, 6-1.