The Central Lady Lancers Tennis Team’s triumphant season came to an unfortunate end as the team lost the first round of the PIAA State Playoffs against Harriton High School of the Lower Merion School District on October 27. Despite this lost, the season was nothing short of impressive. Not only was Central the Public League champions in its defeat of Masterman High School on October 20, but it also held the prestigious title of PIAA District 12 champions for the second consecutive year when the team defeated Cardinal O’Hara High School on October 22.
The Lady Lancers’ manager, Neil McNair Jr. (275), described his experience as manager “rewarding” since he got to be got to be “an integral part of a successful and outstanding tennis team.” Mindy Wang (275), a player on the team, attested to the team’s success, stating, “It didn’t matter which position a person played; we played together, encouraged each other on and off the court, and won together. I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive and amazing team.”
Although the Lady Lancers played tremendously well this season, Neil still acknowledged his and the team’s faults. “As a team, there is always room for improvement. As tennis players, the team members could always work to improve their techniques. As a tennis manager and player myself, I know that I need to improve both my playing technique and my understanding of match play.”
However, some factors were out of the team’s control. In the first round of the PIAA State Playoffs, the Lady Lancers played against Harriton High School, a suburban school. Being a suburban school, Harriton’s facilities and resources were exceedingly better than those of Central.
Nevertheless, the players’ spirits were not dampened in any way. Shu Lin Zhao (275), another player on the team, stated, “Our team will not only play harder with rigorous practices, but also become the PIAA State champions with the great inspirational encouragements from our coach and captains.”
This will not be no easy task, however, with perseverance and tenacity, the Lady Lancers will reign champions.
George Russell (275)