Glen Rock High School’s girls tennis team repeated as NJIC Colonial Division champions this fall, finishing 14-0 in what coach Bonnie Zimmermann calls “a very good season.”
“A lot of girls stepped up and did a very good job,” she said. “They never gave up and had a desire to get better every day. I hope they had a good time, I certainly did.”
Zimmermann notched her 100th career coaching victory during the season.
Junior Alex Mircea compiled a 12-1 overall record at first singles, 8-0 in league matches, and received All-NJIC Colonial Division first-team recognition. She won the Bergen County small schools first singles championship in the Bergen County tournament to lead the Panthers to fourth place in the 15-school competition. She defeated Mahwah‘s Alyssa Baldi in the title match, 6-4, 6-2.
Mircea received a bye in the tourney’s first round and won twice before taking the title match. She missed a few regular-season matches, playing in the USTA tournament, and other girls stepped up to make up for her absence and maintain the team’s strength.
Sophomores Jennie Miller and Haley Rosenwald teamed at first doubles and posted a 9-3 record, including a 7-0 mark in NJIC Colonial play that earned first-team All-League recognition.
Senior Diana Editoiu played at second singles and was 5-2 in the league and 6-5 overall in that bracket. She also had a 2-2 record in the league at first singles, 2-3 overall.
Junior Kai Mangino usually plays at third singles, going 5-2 in the league and 5-5 overall, but she moved up to post a 5-0 league mark (5-1 in all) at second singles and go 1-1 in the league and overall at No. 1 singles.
Senior Katie Monahan and junior Karolina Callahan formed the second doubles duo and had a 3-2-1 mark in the league and posted a 5-5-1 mark overall. They were 1-1 at first doubles.
Both doubles teams reached the semifinals of the county tournament, both losing to the eventual tourney champions.
Miller also played singles and was 5-1 at No. 3 (5-0 in the league) and 1-1 in the league and overall at No. 2. Rosenwald was 1-1 at third singles, league and overall.
Rosenwald and Monahan teamed at first doubles for a 4-0 league and 4-1 overall record. Callahan joined junior Alice Zhu for first and second doubles wins. Senior Sondra Nieradka won twice at second doubles (with Callahan and Monahan), three times with Zhu and once with junior Emily Kuiken.
Senior Jasmine Pak, who played doubles last season, was sidelined with an injury all season.
With all the young players returning next season, Zimmermann looks to a bright future. “Next year will be great,” she said.