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Tennis Team Serves Up a Great Season

November 22, 2010
Irvington High School

By Cala Fils

With a record of 9-7 the girls tennis team ended their season with “A good record that we can be proud of,” said tennis coach, Mr. Derek Tomasino.

"It was an unpredictable season, I didn’t know that we would make it that far," said Cala Fils, a junior in the team.

With a team full of beginners, the IHS girls tennis team ended up coming in second in their conference. Kimarrah Casey, a sophomore, almost made it to the states with a great record of 13-3 for the season. Kimarrah was not only named the most valuable player on the team, but was also the rookie of the year for 2010-2011.

Two seniors on the team ended their high school tennis career this season. Christina Jessamy, second single and Jessica Billingsley, third single, were dedicated to the team and loved the sport. "There is no life without tennis," declared Christina.

One player who really had a breakout season was sophomore, Blessing Martins. She started to play first doubles with Aliyah Ramsey but in the middle of the season, she had to cover for Christina Jessamy playing as third doubles. In the words of Coach Tomasino, “She was unbelievable. I was so proud of her progress.”

Blessing was so motivated and dedicated to the team that she was named the biggest surprise player of the year 2010-2011.

"This season was awesome. I am proud of each of the girls, but next season things will get a little harder - especially conditioning,” stated Coach Tomasino. “I know that this team has the spirit to play tennis.”

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