By Joe Ostrica
The Avon girls tennis team defended its LCAAA championship Saturday, winning the annual event in dominant fashion. The Lady Eagles swept their way to their second LCAAA title after the event moved from Avon Lake to Fox Creek’s indoor courts with a pro-set format after rain delays. What made Avon’s win more impressive is the squad had only three returning players from last year’s roster, including two who switched double partners from last year.
Carmella Mostardi won her second LCAAA first singles title, defeating Avon Lake’s Erin Hrivnak 8-0. Mostardi did not lose a single game during the entire tournament. Abby Schwartz won the second singles crown, defeating Elyria Catholic’s Erika Emiling 8-0. Schwartz, a junior, moved up from JV this season to win an impressive singles title in a tough bracket.
The third singles championship went to Avon’s Madisyn Rini, who beat Avon Lake’s Kaitlyn Bove 8-2. Rini is the first freshman in Avon history to win an LCAAA first-place title.
In doubles action, Avon’s Halle Mentler and Megan Monroe defeated Avon Lake’s Jamie Carpenter and Amanda Harley for the first doubles crown. Mentler is a repeat LCAAA first-place winner after winning at second doubles from last year’s tournament. All doubles players had different partners last year. Annie DeLuca and Melissa Cirilo won the second doubles championship with an 8-2 win over Avon Lake’s Briana Makadia and Mary Kate Maloney. This was the first LCAAA tournament action for DeLuca and Cirilo.
“It was incredible for them to beat Avon Lake again, but to win all five spots was like winning the lottery,” Mostardi said. “We were crying in joy. I’ve never seen the team so united, fired up and inspired to continue to work hard.
“Changing from playing two full sets to a single eight-game pro set means more pressure. It takes way more confidence and concentration to play eight games instead of a possible 26 games. There’s less room for error and more room for mental roadblocks.”
Avon is 11-1 overall, including 2-0 in the West Shore Conference. The Elyria Catholic match is rescheduled due to rain. The team defeated EC players in the LCAAA.
“This team is performing at a much higher level than at the beginning of the season,” Mostardi said. “Team unity is getting stronger, and it shows with how well we have been performing. I am proud to be a member of such a hard-working team that genuinely cares about its teammates and their success. We need to continue to be unified and confident in each other.
“Hard work, determination and belief in each other that we can accomplish any goal are what we need to continue the successful run we’ve had so far. Last year we tied for first place with Bay at the WSC Tournament, and this year we want to be the lone champion and prove how strong of a team we have.”
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