Girls’ tennis begins season with big win

Julia Finkel ('10)/Eastside Opinions Editor

On Tuesday, September 15th, the girls’ Varsity Tennis team traveled to Washington Township, expecting a great challenge on the courts. However, the Cougars concluded the match with three wins—a surprising upset of Washington Township.

Jamie Silverberg (’12), playing first singles, won 7-5 in the first set and 6-2 in the second, while Cara Berkowitz (’10), playing third singles, won 6-4 in the first set and 6-2 in the next set. Amanda Silpe (’11) and Nikita Shukla (’13) completed the team’s third victory playing second doubles, and scoring 7-5 in the first set and 6-3 in the second set.

“We were predicted to be the underdogs this match, especially since we lost ten senior players last year,” said Cara Berkowitz (’10), one of the team captains. “But we keep on practicing and improving our skills,” she confirmed.

Though Cherry Hill East was ranked number ten, falling below Washington Township’s spot at number six, in the Courier Post’s “Preseason Top 20” ranking of the best high school girl’s varsity tennis teams, East proved to be the stronger competitor.

The team looks forward to the season ahead, preparing for future challenging matches against Eastern, Haddonfield, and Washington Township for a second time.

Girl’s tennis is serving up some tough competition this season.