Coming off of one of the best years for the program, the defending Blue Ridge Conference champion girls’ tennis team lost two key seniors to graduation and has struggled to compete as well. “Everybody on the team brings something positive to the table,” said No. 1 singles, Emma Cartledge (’18). “We are really strong this year because of that.” Cartledge provided the major highlights of the season so far, going undefeated in singles and doubles – with a variety of doubles partners. “We come into practice every day to work and learn,” Cartledge said. “We want to succeed.” After the departure of Morgan Clark and Evans Schmedtje, the team has had to rely on eight graders to fill holes in the starting lineup such as Lainey Auwarter (‘18). Most recently, the team competed in the BRC Singles Tournament. The field was small, but there was not a lack of skill in any of the participating players. Cartledge defended her title once again this season. “I defeated the same opponent I faced last year from LCA,” Cartledge said. “During the offseason, I worked hard to improve and the scores [8-3 last year; 8-2 this year] can justify that.” Head Coach Mariana Hermosilla is proud of all that Cartledge has accomplished, especially her win versus LCA which wowed the crowd. “Everyone watching the match described it as exciting to watch and a display of both players’ strength and talent,” Hermosilla said. “Emma Cartledge surpassed Eli Gallier (LCA’s No. 1 player) and fought every point to continue defending her championship.” Hermosilla was also proud of the way both Cartledge and Helen Schmedtje (’17), the team’s No. 2 player, and other representatives in the tournament, conducted themselves both on and off the court. “These two players are an example of commitment,” she said, “and sportsmanship.” The team’s next match is a home BRC tilt against Carlisle School on April 21.