Conant falls in D-III Final 4
Team is winningest in program history
The most decorated season in the history of the Conant girls tennis program came to a close on Friday with a 6-0 loss to Profile in the Division III semifinals.
The Orioles won a program-best 13 matches this season, including 10 straight after a 5-4 victory over Berlin in the quarterfinals last Wednesday. They also hosted the first-ever playoff match, although the win over Berlin officially came at the Monadnock Indoor Tennis Courts in Peterborough after rain and lightning halted play during doubles. And Conant also earned the first playoff win in its fourth trip to the postseason.
Coach Jody Baker’s goal entering the season was to achieve a winning record and the Orioles greatly surpassed that. The players wanted to make the playoffs, something they did with ease by securing the No. 3 seed in the six-team tournament.
And with just one senior in the top six, No. 4 Vickie Roach, Conant will be among the favorites to return to the D-III tournament next May.
“We feel good about the season and hopefully the girls will keep their racquets active for next year,” said Baker.
Due to the rainy and cold conditions last week, the Orioles’ semifinal match was held on two indoor courts and with the six singles matches taking close to three and a half hours, the match was stopped once Profile earned the win.
Junior No. 1 Allina Bennett and No. 3 Shannon Bennett both lost 8-1. Junior No. 2 Courtney Dillon and Roach each lost 8-2. Sophomore Ashley Rogers lost 8-5 at No. 5 and Hannah Clark was swept 8-0 in the final match.
“It ended up being a really positive experience,” said Baker. “Hopefully they see now what they have to do to go a little further next year.”
All three of Conant’s losses came to playoff teams.