SHREWSBURY — The Manchester Essex girls tennis team left no doubts as to who the best team in Division 3 is Saturday in the State Championship match against Monument Mountain.
The Hornets cruised in all five matches winning each of them in straight sets while not allowing Monument Mountain to score more than three points in a set.
With the win, the Hornets cap off a brilliant season with a Division 3 State Championship, their second in the last three years. The team accomplished all that it could accomplish this season, finishing up with a record of 22-0 while winning the outright Cape Ann League title and topping arch rival Bedford along the way to the Division 3 State crown.
“This is the best team I’ve ever been on,” said No. 3 singles player Kendall McCormick, who picked up the team’s first point of the afternoon on Saturday. “Not only do we have great players but we are such a close team. Even though we are all in different grades, we all get along and support each other. I think that played a big role in our success this season.”
No. 2 doubles player Molly Carlson, who along with partner Maura McCormick clinched the championship point on Saturday, echoed her sentiment.
“This is such a close team and that goes a long way,” Carlson said. “We had a team lunch just before the match and it really helped us get on the same page as a team. Knowing that everyone on the team is there to support you just makes you play that much harder.”
Manchester Essex was so impressive on Saturday, that it made the finish anticlimactic. With the state individual doubles finals, which played before the Hornets state final tilt, running late, the five matches did not start at the same time.
With the No. 1 and No. 2 tennis matches delayed due to the boys individual doubles final going to a third set, No. 3 singles and the Hornets two doubles tandems got to work and brought home a state title in quick and impressive fashion. By the time Carlson and Maura McCormick finished off Molly Armstead and Emily Martin for the decisive third point, Michelle Fuca was only in the first game of her No. 2 singles match and Brittany Collens hadn’t even started her No. 1 singles match.