by Jillian Torre

The women's tennis team smiles for a championship photo (Photo by Justin Satkowski)

The Mount Saint Mary College women’s tennis team held onto their title of Skyline Conference Champions for the third consecutive year on Saturday, November 5, 2011. The match was played against St. Joseph’s College at the Mount’s home courts.

The Knights got off to a jumpstart, winning two out of the three doubles matches. Senior captain, Annmarie Llewellyn, and sophomore captain, Gabriela Murphy-Goldberg, dominated their first doubles match with an 8-2 victory. Following Murphy-Goldberg and Llewellyn, the Gregory sisters, Jen and Emily, came out with an 8-4 win at second doubles. At third doubles, sophomore Jaimee Lubniewski and freshman Alisa Niad fell 9-7 after a long and hard fight.

At first singles, Murphy-Goldberg was the first to close out her match with a score of 6-2, 6-1. Shortly after, junior Emily Gregory helped to secure the teams lead at 4-1 with a 6-1, 6-1 win at fourth singles. St. Joseph’s returned with a victory at second singles, making the score 4-2. Junior Jen Gregory came through with the winning fifth point at third singles, with a score of 6-3, 6-1.

Sophomore Jaimee Lubniewski (photo by Jillian Torre)

The team ran on the court and jumped up and down celebrating their championship. Father Kevin Mackin presented the team with the championship trophy and awarded the MVP award to Murphy-Goldberg.

Head coach Lorraine Brady was also named Skyline Conference Coach of the year for the fifth time, holding the position for her third consecutive year.  When asked how she felt about her team’s performance, she said, “Championships are won in the off season. Our team set their goals during pre-season.”

Junior Jen Gregory (Photo by Jillian Torre)

Although the team may have been appeared to be the walking wounded this season with more players injured than not, the girls, as coach Lorraine Brady stated, “supported one another on and off the court and had fun in striving to win.”

The team will continue to play in tournaments and competitive matches come spring to help prepare them for their May trip to NCAA’s.