HARWICH ─ At Monomoy's graduation on Sunday, someone spoke about the school's athletic teams and their hard-fought losses. The girls tennis team endured such a loss in the MIAA Div. 3 South quarterfinals on Monday, battling fiercely but ultimately falling 3-2 to Cohasset.
“I think we were lucky to get out of here with a 3-2 win,” said Cohasset head coach Gigi Meehan. “This is a really tough team. We all knew going in it was going to come to one point or the other.”
Meehan recognized the prowess of Monomoy's first and second singles players, Carly Donovan and Olivia Burke, who were both undefeated throughout the 2016 season.
“They're both great players,” said Meehan. “And they made a smart move pulling Dalia (Pen) up to that third singles spot. She's tenacious and she gave my girl a good run. It was fun watching everyone compete. I'm thrilled to get out of here with a victory, but honestly, it could have gone either way.”
Donovan and Burke fared well in the outing, each handily winning their respective matches, while Pen put forth a tenacious performance in third singles in spite of a loss. The second doubles team of Molly Doncaster and Hannah Marty also played well in spite of getting shut out by their Cohasset opponents, but it was Caty Street and Lily Gorman in first doubles that fought hardest, their match lasting nearly three hours before acquiescing.
“That was just a tough loss, but [Cohasset is] a good team, so I'm taking solace in that,” said Monomoy head coach Bill Burke. “Everyone gave 100 percent.”
Burke also praised Donovan and Burke for their tireless efforts throughout the season, as well as his team.
“We had amazing play from our first two singles players,” he said. “I have to give a shoutout to them. It was a good effort. I thought we all played excellent today.”
Though disappointed by the loss, Burke reflected positively on his first official year as head coach.
“I had an awesome team,” he said. “And that made it a lot of fun.”