Lumberjacks Finish as Runners Up in NEPSAC Class D Tournament
By: Lumberjack Athletics
On Saturday afternoon, Hebron's girls' tennis team finished their season when they competed against Christian Heritage School in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council's Class D Final. The Lumberjacks reached the championship match after a 3-2 win over Watkinson earlier in the day in the semifinals. In the Final, Christian Heritage came out on top with a 4-1 victory.
In Hartford, CT, under a blazing sun, the Lumberjacks showed that they deserved the #2 seed they earned after an undefeated regular season when they captured their eighth straight Maine Association of Independent School Athletic Directors league title. After winning all three singles matches in the semifinal, the Final was a different story. The Christian Heritage Kingsmen earned the championship with victories at #2 and #3 singles and secured the team win with victories in both doubles matches. Hebron's lone win of the match came at #1 singles when Tounarouze El Yazidi '19 finished her career with her 38th straight victory. In three years at the top of Hebron's lineup, El Yazidi lost just once - the first match of the 2017 season.
At #2 singles, Leah Bonis '19 showed great determination coming back after slow starts in each set, but her opponent came out on top 6-3, 6-4. For Bonis, this is also the end of a stellar athletic career at Hebron. She was part of the 2016 team that earned a berth in the NEPSAC Class D Round Robin tournament during her freshman year. During both her sophomore and junior year, Bonis featured on the girls' soccer team when they received bids to the NEPSAC Class D tournament as well reaching the Final in 2016 after a win in the semifinals over Christian Heritage.
Kirari Nakai '19 and Sophie Chu-O'Neil '20 played #1 doubles for the green and white on Saturday. They showed poise and aggressiveness at the net, but the Kingsmen came out on top in straight sets to earn their second victory of the day.
Paula Ten Gutierrez '20 represented the Lumberjacks at #3 singles. Similarly to Bonis, she battled back in each set, but her opponent won a couple of key points late in each set as the Kingsmen's third victory of the day came in this match. After the match had been decided, the teams agreed to have the #2 doubles match be just one set. Megan Seipp '22 and Aarti Singh '20 represented the Lumberjacks. After getting out on top early in the match, their opponents became very steady to win the set 6-3.
For Hebron, this was the program's first ever NEPSAC Final, and Hebron ended their season with an overall record of 10-1. The loss snapped a 20-match winning streak dating back to the final match of the 2017 season.
Head Coach Colin Griggs ends his eight-year tenure with the Lumberjacks with a 61-11 record. Griggs also coached the boys' team during the last three seasons and went a combined 85-15 during his 11 seasons at the helm of the varsity tennis teams.
Hebron Academy is a small, private, co-ed college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades six through postgraduate located in Hebron Maine. Students from across the United States and around the world are challenged and inspired to reach their highest potential in mind, body, and spirit through small classes, knowledgeable and caring teachers who provide individual attention, and a friendly, respectful, family atmosphere.