By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Oct. 3, 2018: The Bronco girls' tennis team started off the season with six consecutive wins before facing rival Edgemont last week. Last year, the Broncos tied Edgemont for the conference title, but this season the Broncos were hoping to be the exclusive owners of the conference championship.
In last week's Edgemont match held at Bronxville Field Club, the score was tied 3-3 with just one more match to go. Number-three singles player Alexandra Brumbaugh captured one win for the Broncos, and the other two wins came from the doubles teams. Sarah and Susie Goodell, who play second doubles, fought a hard battle, ultimately winning 7-5, and the number-three doubles team, Olivia Doyle and Bella Patterson, pulled out a win in a third-set tie-breaker.
"Bella and I won the first set and then lost the second," said Doyle. "We came back to win it 10-7 in a tiebreaker. It was really nerve-racking."
The teams anxiously awaited the results of the final match. Rory Christian and Katie Formato, Bronxville's top doubles team, was still out on the court fighting for a win when coaches called the match because of darkness, leaving the overall match tied up. The doubles match was rescheduled for yesterday but canceled once again, this time because of rain.
The conference title will hopefully be determined tomorrow at Edgemont when the Broncos and Panthers finish up last week's doubles game and play against each other one more time as a team.
The seniors on the Bronxville girls’ tennis team. Photo by G. McGovern.
The varsity team is made up mostly of upperclassmen. Eva Dani plays first singles, Lindsey Cruikshank plays second, and Alexandra Brumbaugh plays third. Brumbaugh is undefeated so far this season, as are doubles players Sarah and Susie Goodell and Olivia Doyle and Bella Patterson.
The regular season ends this week, and the individual conference championships start on October 9. It has been a winning season for the girls and their coach, Gillian McGovern. While McGovern is new to the varsity team this year, she is familiar with most of the girls since she was previously the junior varsity coach.
"I have been fortunate enough to have coached all of the girls on the team throughout their junior varsity experience, except Eva Dani (who is a pleasure to coach!!!)," said McGovern. "It is awesome for me to see how they have grown not only as tennis players but as people, too. I am lucky to have been given this opportunity. "
Members of the 2018 Bronxville Girls' Tennis Team
Pictured at top: The Bronxville girls’ tennis team.
Photo by John Doyle