NHIAA D-II Girls' Tennis Championship: Battle of unbeatens goes to Hanover
BEDFORD — Hanover defeated St. Thomas Aquinas, 7-2, in the NHIAA Division II girls’ tennis final Wednesday at County Road tennis courts.
The Marauders spoiled the Saints’ bid to be three-time Division II champs. Both schools entered the final 16-0, but St. Thomas earned the No. 1 seed on strength of schedule.
It’s the first tennis crown for Hanover since 2007.
Like Derryfield School in the boys’ Division II final Tuesday, Hanover clinched the victory 5-1 in the singles matches. But unlike the boys’ final, both coaches went ahead and played their doubles.
Camille Hankel played her last two matches of her Hanover career and finished with 112 wins after taking her singles and doubles matches.
“It’s hard enough to get to 100 wins,” said Hanover coach Glen Eastridge. “It’s a great milestone.”
“Camille put a lot of effort into this team,” said Eastridge. “She’s taken a lot on herself to keep everyone focused.”
Zoe Yu, Kendra McGowan, Margaret Werner and Emily Acker joined Hanker as singles winners. Margaret Holland won her singles match for the Saints.
The teams of Hankel and Acker, and Hazuki Horiuchi and Willa Kaufman won their doubles matches. The team of Mary DiHarce and Kelly Corson won their doubles match for St. Thomas Aquinas.
“They’re a strong opponent. Give credit where credit is due,” said Saints coach Rusty Whitehouse. “Last year we came in and upset them. Better team won today, that’s all.”
The big drama of the day came in the singles match on Court No. 3, where Zoe Yu of Hanover came back from a 7-4 deficit to defeat DiHarce, 9-7. That win gave the Marauders the crown.
“We knew if we could stay focused we would have a good chance to win today,” said Eastridge. “And Zoe exemplified that by being down 7-4 to winning 9-7.”
“That’s the type of team they’ve been all year,” said Eastridge.