Ramettes end season with a win

Bob Parana - Staff Writer

The Ramettes tennis team ended their 2020 shortened tennis season with a 5-2 win over Bradford Thursday afternoon.

The win was the first for the Johnsonburg girls who got wins from Chloe Trumbull 8-2 over Lauren Baldwin, Kendal Mehalko 8-6 over Tylin Hillyard, and Maria Catalano 8-0 over Samantha Reynolds in singles action. The doubles team of seniors Trumbull and Buhite defeated Baldwin and Alysia Dansberger of the Lady Owls 8-5, and Mehalko and Catalano beat Hillyard and Jaylee Koppenhaver 8-3. Dansberger won her singles match over Buhite 8-2, and the Bradford doubles team of Kylee Grover and McKayla Irons defeated Olivia Barker and Rylie Halquist 8-2.

“It’s nice to get a ‘W’ to end the year. It was nice to see our two seniors Chloe and Rachel get a win in their last home match,” said Ramettes head coach Dan Carnovale.

The seniors will play at the District 9 doubles championships in DuBois on Monday along with the team of Mehalko and Catalano. “Since we only played the three teams in the [IU9] ‘Bubble’ it’s hard to tell what everybody has. We’ll see what it brings,” said Carnovale.

The J-Burg coach is happy with the progression he saw throughout the season. Mehalko and Halquist are sophomores and Catalano and Barker freshmen.

“There was a big improvement from the beginning of the season to where we are now. It would be nice if the season was longer because right now is when you see the girls really starting to peak. They’re playing well especially in doubles,” Carnovale said. “They’re really coming together as a team and I’m very proud with what they’ve done this year,” he added.

The Ramettes coach and assistant JP Allegretto are encouraged by the returning players and would like to see more student-athletes take up the game in 2021. “We’re going to be down two with the seniors so we’ll be looking for two more but four more would be great and give us a perfect sized team,” he said.

“It was a really good season. The girls had a ton of fun. it really was a nice season and the girls were a joy to be around,” Carnovale said.