Junior Brooke Wills (left) and senior Jamie Wallace won the Class A doubles title.
(The Talkative) by Kayla Sumell (October 12, 2012)
Finishing with a 13-2 record, the Mexico’s girls tennis team is quickly establishing itself as one of the elite programs in the area.
Seven players advanced to the sectional tournament, with the doubles team of Jamie Wallace and Brooke Wills claiming the school’s first sectional championship in the sport.
Wallace and Wills finished with a 16-1record in the Freedom League, before knocking off the #1 seeded doubles team from New Hartford.
First singles player and second seed Kristen Albright finished her league matches with a 10-4 mark.
Albright was considered one of the favorites to advance to the finals at first singles, but was disqualified from her second round match when her Whitesboro opponent alerted officials that Albright had jewelry on while she was playing.
Coach Paul Callaghan said, “Kristen has the best record for singles of athletes I’ve ever coached.”
Wallace and Wills benefitted from playing together for the second straight year.
Callaghan said the program has been moved forward in large part to the team’s athleticism. “I am fortunate to have good athletes. There is a fine line between the players. All of them are very good.”
He added the players have also benefitted from the experience of playing varsity level tennis since they were underclassmen.
Wills has played since she was a freshman.
Callaghan added, “The key to our success has also been a balance between the eleven players.”
The Girls Varsity Tennis Team was introduced to students at MACS in 2001. Girls were taken under Callaghan’s wing as Freshmen and Sophomores, Brooke Wills being one of them.
The team as a whole will play their first game in sectionals against New Hartford on Friday, October 12.
If the team wins this match then they will go on to play rival Jamesville-Dewitt.
Jamesville-Dewitt has been the team’s target most of the season and especially after last week’s come from behind victory by the Red Rams.