Rams return this fall as defending state champs

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The Spring-Ford girls tennis team celebrates their first-ever District One Class AAA championship last fall. The Rams followed the District Championship with the program’s first state team championship.

Anthony Goldsmith, Sports Editor

The script could not have been written better for the Rams last season, as the girls tennis program dominated early and carried that momentum to the program’s first state championship. 

Led by ninth-grade sensation Mia Matriccino and a veteran core, the Rams accomplished the unlikely feat with a 3-2 victory over Greater Latrobe in the state final. Matriccino finished her season with an incredible 20-1 record, losing only to two-time state champion Amelia Honer of Council Rock South in the District One singles tournament. 

“I honestly did not know we had a chance to win a state title,” Matriccino said last fall. “It was not that I thought our team was bad, it simply had never been done before.” 

The Rams will undoubtedly be careful not focus too much on previous successes, though, as they will see new challenges emerge in trying to replicate their magical season. One such hurdle is replacing top doubles performer Lucy Olsen, as she graduated to play college basketball at Villanova University. 

This season we are grateful to be able to schedule more non-league matches so that our players can gain more experience and challenge themselves against some of the top teams in the district during the regular season,” said coach Todd Reagan. 

The schedule should help many of their new players Regan sees improvement in.

“We are so happy to say that all of our players look stronger and more skilled this year,” he said. “They will have a target on their back after last year’s successful campaign, but the girls are determined to continue working hard and battling every day.”