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County, division titles, courtful of particular person honors

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The Montclair Kimberley ladies tennis staff had the unlucky luck of going through one of the best staff of their part of the state event.

The Cougars would fall to Pingry, 4-1, within the Non-Public North title sport. However the one victory by Montclair Kimberley within the contest, by the second doubles staff of Lauren Chung and Ellie Lopiccolo, was solely the second matchup that Pingry would lose all 12 months in 14 contests. Pingry would go on to win the outright Non-Public state championship.

Whereas there was no state title on their 2022 resume, the Cougars made it back-to-back Essex County Event championships and tied with Millburn and Newark Academy for the Tremendous Essex Convention American Division title. They completed with a 17-2 document.

And the entire beginning staff is coming again subsequent 12 months.

“I’m very proud of the best way our season went,” Montclair Kimberley head coach Billy Wing mentioned. “Making the North Non-Public sectional ultimate was additionally good. We battled Pingry, the primary staff within the state, however they have been higher than us that day.”

Going into the match towards Pingry, the Cougars have been short-handed, with out their second singles participant, junior Milagros Carbajal Diaz, who was sick.

“It will have been good to play Pingry at full energy,” Wing mentioned. “We battled arduous, but it surely may have been a special match if we had a full lineup.”

Montclair junior Amara Bhatia was not solely named to the All Tremendous Essex Convention American Division second staff but additionally to the All New Jersey third staff for her work this previous fall. Bhatia completed with an 18-2-1 mark. Montclair Kimberley ladies tennis staff went 17-2 that included successful the Essex County Event title in addition to shared the SEC American Division championship.

Montclair junior Amara Bhatia was not solely named to the All Tremendous Essex Convention American Division second staff but additionally to the All New Jersey third staff for her work this previous fall. Bhatia completed with an 18-2-1 mark. Montclair Kimberley ladies tennis staff went 17-2 that included successful the Essex County Event title in addition to shared the SEC American Division championship.

For the season the Cougars had the variety of one in every of their largest rivals, Newark Academy — they received all three contests between the 2 faculties, together with defeating the Minutemen within the Essex County Event finals and within the state event.

“Beating Newark Academy 3 times in a 12 months can also be good contemplating our intense rivalry and the way aggressive our matches have been the previous couple of years,” Wing mentioned.

The coach pointed to the 3½-1½ victory over Newark Academy on Sept. 27 as probably the most pivotal win on the highway, because the Cougars got here from behind to clinch not less than a share of the SEC American title.

“I might say successful the convention match at Newark Academy this 12 months after we needed to come again after dropping 4 first units was an enormous win,” Wing mentioned. “Among the youngsters have been actually beneath the climate and taking part in them two days after the county ultimate was actually robust. It was an enormous win for us.”

The women additionally racked up particular person honors. Each freshman Aria Nina Abalos and Diaz collected All Tremendous Essex Convention American Division first nods as the primary and second singles gamers. Junior Amara Bhatia, who was the mainstay at third singles, garnered All SEC American second-team nods together with doubles gamers Katie Chung and Hannah Lewis, each juniors. As well as, doubles gamers Lauren Chung, a freshman and the sister of Katie, and Lopiccolo, a junior, made the All American honorable point out record.

Montclair junior Ellie Lopiccolo was named to the All Tremendous Essex Convention American Division honorable point out record. Freshman Lauren Chung was additionally named to the American honorable point out record. The doubles staff of Lopiccolo and Chung completed with a 14-5 document. Montclair Kimberley ladies tennis staff went 17-2 that included successful the Essex County Event title in addition to shared the SEC American Division championship.

Montclair junior Ellie Lopiccolo was named to the All Tremendous Essex Convention American Division honorable point out record. Freshman Lauren Chung was additionally named to the American honorable point out record. The doubles staff of Lopiccolo and Chung completed with a 14-5 document. Montclair Kimberley ladies tennis staff went 17-2 that included successful the Essex County Event title in addition to shared the SEC American Division championship.

Abalos broke onto the scene and went 22-2 on the season. “Nina had a superb freshman season, and it was an awesome honor to be named first staff All SEC,” Wing mentioned. “Lots of nice gamers have been named to the primary staff as a freshman, and he or she is a particular participant added to that record.”

Diaz misplaced solely two matches, going 16-2 at second singles. “Milagros additionally deserves to be there at first staff with one other stellar season at second singles,” the coach mentioned. “We’re very lucky to have such a powerful one-two punch on the prime of our line.”

Along with being named to the All SEC American second staff, Bhatia collected an All New Jersey third-team honor after going 18-2-1.

“Amara had one other nice season at third singles and being honored with all state at third staff at third singles says lots about her,” Wing mentioned. “She actually is without doubt one of the finest third singles gamers within the state, and we’re lucky to have such a powerful singles lineup.

“Amara isn’t your typical grinding, affected person third singles participant. She will play an aggressive all-court type, and that provides her an enormous benefit. Amara likes to compete, and he or she has so some ways to beat her opponents. She’s enjoyable to look at.”

The doubles staff of Katie Chung and Lewis went 17-4 at first doubles, whereas the second doubles squad of Lauren Chung and Lopiccolo compiled a 14-5 document.

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