The Varsity girls tennis team ended the season on a high note with a 14-4 record. The girls started the season with high expectations.
Without the leadership of multiple seniors, this year lone senior, Livie Mauger, took charge into leading her team to wins.
The girls started off the season strong with a 4-1 win against Upper Arlington and a 3-2 win against sister school Olentangy Liberty, the first time the team beat Liberty in school history.
Although with a loss in a close 2-3 game vs. Columbus Academy, the girls quickly found their strength with two undefeated 5-0 games vs Westerville Central and Grove City. After losing to Hathaway Brown 1-4, the girls went on a solid nine-game win streak with perfect 5-0 games vs Pick Central, Columbus School for Girls, Bishop Watterson, Westerville North and Westerville South.
They ended the season winning the OCC after winning against Westerville North. Onto the sectionals tournament, the girls won their sectionals play and all qualified to play at districts. With a few tough losses during the districts tournament, juniors Kourtney Reed and Erin Storrer qualified for doubles in the states tournament. At the state tournament, the entire team finished in fourth place and although Reed and Storrer fell short of the doubles state title, they played a great season and represented the school well.
According to ohiotenniszone.com, the girls finished the season ranked 4 in Division 1. With the 2018 season ending, key players for the 2019 season will be juniors Kourtney Reed and Erin Storrer, as well as sophomore Caroline Sproule. Freshmen Niki Bhimireddy and Tyler Reed are also key players to look out for and will bring a lot to the table in the next three years for Orange. The girls hope to return to states next year and bring back the state title.