WEST WINDSOR TWP. — Glen Rock’s Jennifer Miller prefers to play her tennis matches with as few people watching as possible.
That’s what one of her teammates said, anyway, causing the Panthers’ contingent to watch from afar as Miller sewed up her third singles match and give her team a 3-2 win over Shore in Friday’s Group 1 semifinals.
“It was a misunderstanding,” Miller said. “I don’t mind people watching. Actually, I appreciate the support.”
After Glen Rock’s semifinals-round win, its entire student body couldn’t have provided enough support in the finals as New Providence took the crown with a relatively easy 4-1 win.
“It was an unbelievable run,” Panther senior co-captain Karolina Callahan said. “Coming into the season, coach [Bonnie] Zimmermann told us we had a chance to get here. I guess we didn’t believe it until it actually happened.”
In the semifinals, the duo of Callahan and Emily Kuiken recorded Glen Rock’s first point with a straight-sets doubles win. Shore took the next two points before first singles ace Alex Mircea won a slugfest over rival Halah Davis. After splitting the first two sets, Mircea won a super tiebreaker, 10-5.
“I was really tired in the second set but I had some Gatorade and it gave me a boost of energy for the tiebreaker,” Mircea said. “At that point, it came down to who was mentally tougher. I kept my focus and was able to win it.”
Miller heard her teammates celebrating Mircea’s win, meaning the overall match was in her court. With the threat of a flip-of-the-coin super tiebreaker looming, Miller held on to win by scores of 6-1 and 6-4. Her marathon match included a 70-shot rally in the penultimate game.
In the finals, Mircea earned Glen Rock’s only win. Callahan and Kuiken suffered their first loss of the season, falling 6-2, 7-5.