For the first time in school history, the Lafayette tennis team won the top flight of the rugged Parkway Doubles Tournament.
“We were the top seed and lived up to that seed in a very tight race with Marquette, who was the No. 3 seed and ended up second in the tournament,” said Lafayette coach Donna Stauffer.
Lafayette played in one pool of the top flight and won 3-2 over Cor Jesu, 5-0 over Clayton and 4-1 over Parkway Central. That gave the Lancers 12 points going into the semifinals. All five Lafayette teams advanced. Four teams won their flights and one team finished second.
Marquette played in the other pool of the top flight. They lost 3-2 against St. Joseph’s Academy and won 4-1 over both Kirkwood and Visitation, giving them 10 points going into the semifinals. Marquette also advanced all five of its teams into the semifinals.
Lafayette ended up winning the first, third and fifth flights of the tournament. Marquette won the second and fourth flights.
In the Flight One match, the Lafayette duo of Abby Carpenter and Caroline Pozo defeated a Kirkwood pair 6-1, 6-3. The No. 3 doubles duo of Lauren Ferguson and Marlo McElroy stopped a pair from Marquette 3-6, 6-3, 10-4. Finally, the No. 5 Lancers duo of Allison Hallums and Rachel Monson defeated a Marquette pair 6-4, 6-4.
Lafayette finished with a team high 18 points to clip Marquette, which had 16 points.
“Had we lost either one of the finals where we played Marquette, we would have tied,” Stauffer said. “Had we lost both the third and fifth flights in the finals against Marquette, we would have ended up in second place. We also had dramatic matches at second and fourth doubles. The second doubles lost in a match tie break to the Marquette team that won their flight and the fourth doubles played close in both their matches.”
“Congratulations to Caroline Pozo and Abby Carpenter for winning the first flight, Courtney Trube and Nina Ruan for placing fourth in the second flight, Marlo McElroy and Lauren Ferguson for winning the third flight, Erica Mange and Nicole Tang for taking fourth in the fourth flight and to Allison Hallums and Rachel Monson for winning the fifth flight,” Stauffer said.
“Our varsity played so hard. Their games grew tremendously because of the quality of the teams they played against. They fought hard and we are thrilled with their results.”