Haddonfield Tennis on Top – 25 Years in a Row!


Kathryn Ward and Sammy Sirover, Staff Writer and Contributing Writer

The 2021 Fall Season was definitely a season to remember for the HMHS girls tennis team. Finishing strong with a 18-7 record, the girls qualified for the 2021 state tournament which took place on October 14th in Mercer County Park. The girls competed against the top teams in the state and was definitely one of many season accomplishments. The victorious season began with practices starting as early as August 9th, as everyone was set on perfecting their technique before their first scrimmage which took place later against Eastern High School. Along with their state tournament appearance, the girls won their 25th consecutive conference championship and their 20th consecutive sectional championship. Haddonfield beat Cumberland for their sectional title with a score of 5-0, with tremendous triumphs from singles player Sammy Sirover (6-4, 6-4), doubles players Eliza Gordon and Courtenay Mackey (6-0, 6-3) and a tight match of 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 played by juniors Ava Grookett and Tina Tian. 

Many stars stood out for the Dawgs, but some honorable mentions include the top 7 players: Sammy Sirover, Lucinda Andrewes, Evie York, Ava Grookett, Tina Tian, Eliza Gordon, and Courtenay Mackey. Although, the positive team energy came along with the total of 53 team members, all contributing to the successful season. 

These girls all had very impressive seasons, finishing with an undefeated, 9-0 record in the colonial conference. Some of these outstanding victories include wins over Moorestown Friends, Cherry Hill East, and Gateway Regional High School. During the Haddonfield Invitational, Haddonfield beat Cherry Hill East High School with a 3-2 score, and during the Moorestown Classic, beat Moorestown Friends School with a score of 3-2. Individually, singles’ stars Lucinda Andrewes, junior, and Evie York, freshman, finished the classic with final match scores of 6-1, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-1. However, without the time and dedication of Coach Holman, none of this success would have been possible.