The girls’ tennis team enjoyed one if its best seasons in program history as the Knights won their first Prep B championship in eight years and finished the season ranked 12th in the state.
Gill began the season in impressive fashion, winning the first four matches, including victories against Top-20 opponents such as Pingry and Ridge. The Knights continued that success throughout the season and easily advanced to the Non-Public B sectional final before falling to highly ranked Newark Academy in an extremely close 3-2 match.
“I expected the girls to have a little more trouble with the new strengthened schedule,” admitted head coach Patrick Hensley, “but I was confident that they would rise to the occasion and compete with some of the top teams in the state.”
The Knights were able to rebound quickly, however, as they claimed their first Prep B championship since 2010. Mayjah Jean-Pierre '21 and Ella Baker '21 took home gold in first and second singles respectively while Michaela Kroon '22 won third singles. Also having an impressive showing was the reigning Somerset County champion duo of Andree Aloise '19 and Tori Goldin '20 as they advanced to the championship final in first doubles.
“Winning Preps this year is not only an awesome accomplishment for the team, but it's a benchmark for the future seasons to come,” said Hensley. “Having a young team win this title gives us some motivation in the future seasons when we defend the title.”
Overall, the Knights finished a record of 11-4. With a wealth of young talent returning to the court, Gill should look forward to another successful season next fall.
“We have four players returning from the top seven next year and not to mention they were at the top of the lineup,” said Hensley. “We have a great chance to build a team as good as this year, if not better.”
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful, and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.