Andover Girls Tennis defeated both Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter) and BB&N 9-0 this week, which extended its win streak to eight games.
On Saturday against Exeter, Lena Ciganer-Albeniz ’25 played in the longest singles match of the day. Teammate Evelyn Kung ’26 admired Ciganer-Albeniz’s persistence throughout her match.
“[Lena] lost the first set but then came back in the second and ended up winning the match. It was the longest match so all of us were on the sidelines cheering her on after we had finished our own matches, so that was a really fun,” said Kung.
Amy Oku ’25 outlined the team’s matches against BB&N on Monday. Despite the dominant win, the team had to adapt to a change in match format.
“We only played two eight-game pro sets for doubles and singles, so I feel like we had a little more pressure today, but I think we all pulled through in the end,” said Oku.
Tara Phan ’24 highlighted Oku’s match on Monday, describing it as very intense. According to Phan, Oku’s match involved the entire team, making it all the more exciting.
“Amy’s match was absolutely superb… They would keep on going back and forth all the time. Sometimes Amy was winning and sometimes the other girl was winning, but in the end, Amy pulled through. So that was amazing, and the whole team was cheering for her, and that was really fun,” said Phan.
Monday’s matches were the team’s first indoor matches of the season, and Oku commented on the different environment.
“I feel like we were tight today because we were playing indoors instead of outdoors which we weren’t quite used to… I feel like the team was a lot quieter but we were still lifting each other up across points so that was good of us to do,” said Oku.
With just three matches until the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Championships (NEPSAC), Kung noted her eagerness to spend quality time with her teammates. The team will face Exeter again on May 24 to end its season.
“[I’m looking forward to] just playing more matches and getting out there with the team. Just doing fun team bonding activities, team dinners, and playing Exeter again at the end of the season. That’ll be really fun,” said Kung.
Andover Girls Tennis will play Milton at home on Wednesday.
Editor’s Note: Amy Oku ’25 is a Copy Editor for The Phillipian.
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