Varsity Girls Tennis
Menlo School 4, Sacred Heart Prep 3
Date of competition: Friday, October 31, 2008
Senior Day provided more than just a farewell to the six seniors on the Menlo girls' tennis team on Friday. There was plenty more to celebrate.
The Knights' 4-3 victory over visiting Sacred Heart Prep in a West Bay Athletic League (Foothill Division) match gave Menlo a perfect 10-0 finish in the new league.
The triumph also clinched the WBAL regular-season championship for Menlo and stretched the Knights' remarkable winning streak in league matches to 158-0 since 1994. Menlo has compiled that streak in three different leagues -- the Girls Private School League, the PAL Bay Division and now the WBAL.
Senior Courtney Matteson teamed with sophomore Eliza Adams for a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 1 doubles to give Menlo a 1-0 lead. Senior Emily Shine kept things rolling with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles over Anne Robson. After Menlo's No. 3 doubles tandem of Katherine Harris and Stephanie Carlisle posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory for a 3-0 Menlo lead, junior Alex Heaney wrapped things up with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Kammy Evans at No. 3 singles.
"It's been a while since I felt good about winning a league championship," said Menlo coach Bill Shine, who presided over the team's 15th straight on Friday. "It's good to see the girls excited about winning this."
Shine found out Thursday night during a league meeting that the tiebreaker for a possible first-place tie would be whomever won Friday's match. Menlo came in 9-0 while Sacred Heart Prep was 8-1. Thus, plenty was at stake in the showdown, which was rained out on Thursday. "The girls really got up for the match," Shine said. "Not one person was talking about Halloween. I was proud of the girls for that."
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