Girls Tennis Takes Home Multiple Awards

Sportsmanship and success go hand-in-hand for the Chaminade Julienne girls’ tennis
team.

The Eagles – who qualified three players to the Division II Southwest District
Tournament – were recently recognized as recipients of the first All-Area Team Sportsmanship
Award by the Miami Valley Tennis Coaches Association.

“This is a testament to the character and values of all our players, as well as a real
compliment to our parents who have raised them,” CJ head coach Jim Brooks said.

The Eagles were nominated by Alter coach, Charlie Painter. The accomplished longtime
Knights tennis coach has been battling illness this season and the Eagles players – in addition to
exhibiting sportsmanship in the league match – offered to carry Painter’s chair and scorebook to
his car after the match was over.

“This was a very moving moment that impressed me and obviously impressed him,”
Brooks said.   

The Eagles’ accolades didn’t end there are sophomore Mollie Juniewicz received the
individual All-Area Sportsmanship Award.

“Mollie is a strong competitor who understands fairness and team support,” Brooks
said. “She is a proud winner and is gracious in defeat.”

Juniewicz was nominated by Milton Union's coach, partially because of how she handled
a challenging situation when CJ played the Bulldogs on the road. 

“Stormy weather was coming when Mollie was within two points of winning her match,”
Brooks said. “The Milton Union coach stopped the match, not knowing how close we were to
finishing. We had to go back the next day to complete the match – it took two minutes. Mollie
kept her composure and did the right thing. This really impressed me and the Milton Union
coach.”

As a team, the Eagles finished fourth in the Division II All-Area rankings – one spot
better than last season. And all the varsity players earned individual accolades.

In singles play, freshman Paige Harsman, quickly made a name for herself posting a 20-
16 record and earning second team honors at first singles. Sophomore Olivia Parisi and freshman
Evy Powers, earned All-Area honorable mention recognition at second and third singles,
respectively.

In doubles play, Juniewicz and junior Eve Palmer earned second team All-Area honors
while sophomore Celeste Acuna and junior Makiya Keeton made the doubles third team.

“All of these awards speak volumes about our team,” Brooks said. “Leading up to our
season, and especially from August 1 to October 13, our players worked hard and played hard.”
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