Flanked by their junior varsity and varsity teammates, CJ's sectional and district champion doubles team received a warm send-off to state on Thursday, Oct. 18, before taking third place at the state Division II tournament at Ohio State University.
Playing as one of the No. 1 seeds, senior Brooke Sandridge and freshman Natalie Allen got off to a terrific start on the first day of competition Friday, Oct. 19. The Eagles swiftly defeated their first round opponents from Chardon Notre Dame Cathedral-Latin School 6-1, 6-2.
Competition was moved indoors for the girls' second round match, where CJ played powerhouse Lexington High School. After winning the first set 6-4 and dropping the second set 1-6, Sandridge and Allen battled back from being down 5-1 in the third set to reach the day-two semi-finals with a 7-5 victory.
On Saturday, the Eagles lost a hard-fought semi-final match 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to the eventual state runners-up from Gates Mills Hawken School near Cleveland. However, Sandridge and Allen would cement their place in program history by playing some of their best tournament tennis in the consolation game to take third place against a team from Chesapeake High School.
According to coach Jim Brooks, a representative from the CJ women's tennis team has made it to state in 11 of the past 14 years. This season also marked the second consecutive appearance for Sandridge, who qualified for the state doubles tourney one season ago with partner Mary Haley '12.
Great job Eagles!