Yesterday afternoon, the tennis team cemented their dynasty with a 5-0 sweep of Portledge that gave them a third consecutive PSAA tournament championship and a fourth title in the last five years, to go along with their five consecutive undefeated regular season championships. Each of the four tournament titles came at the expense of the Panthers who fell to the Bears in the 2018, 2020, and 2021 league finals.
The Bears were not tested in either regular season match-up with their rivals, and yesterday’s match followed a familiar script. Carina Cristobal finished her career undefeated in PSAA play with a 6-0, 6-2 result at No. 1 singles, overmatching her opponent with pace, a blistering serve, and her ability to put the ball anywhere on the court. She walked off the home hardcourt for the last time as one of the greatest tennis players to ever wear the Blue & White. She will play in next week’s NYSAIS State Tournament where she fell in a thrilling semifinal match last year.
Sarah Arrieta looked strong in a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 2 doubles. The newcomer added tremendous depth this season to an already talent-laden team. Alanna Wu completed the singles sweep with a 6-0, 6-2 performance at No. 3 singles. On the doubles side, Isabel Guo and Ali Cristobal went unblemished in a 6-0, 6-0 win, and Sam Cox and Fiona Rivas completed the Bear sweep with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Following the match, Carina was named the regular season and playoff Most Valuable Player while head coach Justin Laible was recognized as the PSAA Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to a third straight crown.