Words: Ashley Berry
The Centennial boys and girls tennis team won the Howard County Tennis Tournament this year for the first time since 2001. The tournament was held at the Wilde Lake Tennis Center from Tuesday, May 5, 2015 to Saturday, May 9.
Overall, Ram Kotnana placed 2nd in the Boys Singles, Lexi Hackerman and Gaby Schito placed 2nd in Girls Doubles, and Jazmin Walle and Andrew Tsai won 1st place in Mixed Doubles.
While only 20 of the 27 students on the team participated in the tournament, those who did not play came to support and congratulate their teammates. All players who participated made it through the first round, and many of them made it to the quarterfinals. The girls team is: Sarah Ho, Maryam Elhabashy, Lexi Hackerman, Gaby Schito, Angela Kou, Shiori Mori, Jazmin Walle, Lina Choi, Alice Xue, Lia LasCasas, Tina Ye, Ipse Sokvary, Nikki Nacion, and Sanjara Neerumalla; the boys team is: Ram Kotnana, Arthur Tsend Anant Mishra, Peter Ho, Vincent Liu, Andrew Deng, Andrew Tsai, Andy Tseng, Phillip Balakirsky, William Liu, Thomas Regnante, Nadrew Zhou, Nick Zou.
Erin Fisher led the teams through the season as their coach. Fisher said, “It [the tournament] was a complete team effort and would not have been possible without the contributions of all those involved.”
The boys’ team has also won the county title and the girls are in second place. Both teams will continue to represent Centennial this Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15, in the Regional tournament.
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