Carrollwood Day’s girls tennis season ended short of a championship at Tuesday’s Class 1A state tournament in Orlando, but the Patriots left with a lot of optimism for the next few years.
That’s because the Patriots, who came into the state tournament with an 18-0 dual-match record, return their entire team for the next two years.
“We’re only going to get stronger and tougher,” said CDS coach John Most, who at times this season started a sophomore, three freshmen and an eighth-grader. “We played some outstanding competition (on Tuesday), and that will also make us better.”
CDS played only two matches Tuesday — in the No. 1 doubles semifinal with Jackie and Lauren Fitz-Randolph and the No. 5 singles final with Casey Brynjolfsson — and lost both by the same score, 6-1, 6-2.
The Fitz-Randolph sisters, however, had one of the toughest opponents in the country against American Heritage’s Rasheeda McAdoo and Mia Horvit, while Brynjolfsson played her Tuesday match 12 hours after finishing nearly seven hours of tennis competition.
“(Brynjolfsson) played eight sets of hard-fought tennis in less than 24 hours, and I think that made it tough on her (on Tuesday),” Most said. “But, boy, were we proud of the way she fought. She made us all proud.”