A season of memories

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Marissa Leibowitz

Dakota Williams getting ready to strike against Pennsbury on her senior night.

TOWAMENCIN – It was a match to reflect for the Knights. Not only was it their last match, it was the last time some of them will step on the tennis court wearing their North Penn uniforms.

The Knights (4-6) were defeated 7-1 by the Pennsbury Falcons Wednesday afternoon for the Knights final match of the season and their senior night.

The singles matches of the day featured senior captain Dakota Williams, senior Sanjana Jacobs, and sophomore Krita Kumar.

Williams won one game in her first set losing the set 6-1 to the falcons.

“The first set I think I was a little too frustrated and I think that I was kind of pushing a lot and I think thats what caused me to lose,” Williams explained.

After that small taste of loss, the rest of the match was all Williams.

She never let up her lead in both her second and third sets. Coming back from a deficit, the second set was a close one with the final score of 6-4, but the final set was a top tier performance by Williams. She shut out the opponent not letting her win a game winning the set 6-0 and winning her match 2-1.

“The last two sets I calmed down and attacked their weaknesses which I though really helped me. Focusing on that and just staying consistent were most important,” Williams said.

Jacobs was in a constant battle on the court, but could not take the win from the Falcons. Her and Williams will both be competing in SOL’s looking to comeback from this loss.

“Going into SOL’s l’m justing taking an overall positive behavior because thats what we need. Just focusing on better strategies and learni ng from the opponent,” Jacobs explained. “Everytime I lose I just look back on what they did that I could do better.”

Luckily they are singles players and they’ve been preparing for (SOL’s) all season. Their whole season has basically prepared them for this,” head coach Renee Didomizio explained.

Kumar’s match looked promising as she won her first set, but after, Pennsbury took the comeback opportunity and won the match 2-1.

“Today we played very well, but just couple not pull out the third sets,” Didomizio said.

Jessica Wendowski

All double teams lost in similar fashion, putting up strong fights but being outbattled by the strong Pennsbury team.

“We lost, but we still played really well. We just couldn’t pull through”, senior Cassnadra Alling said.

The second half of the night was for the seniors. To celebrate their accomplishment and North Penn tennis career. The closeness of the team was evident with celebrations after matches and cheering until the last serve.

“I think that we had a really good team, but handling pressure wasn’t something they could always overcome. They would start out a little weak and then start winning in the second sets but then not be able to pull through,” Didomizio explained. “We had a lot of talent, but when it got tight we just could not pull through.””

— Renee Didomizio

 

“It’s really the first real team I have ever been on and its been really nice to form the friendships I have with everyone. They are so strong and its been so much fun and I would never want to do that with another team,” Williams exclaimed.

“It’s really the first real team I have ever been on and its been really nice to form the friendships I have with everyone. They are so strong and its been so much fun and I would never want to do that with another team,” Williams exclaimed.”

— Dakota Williams

Once all 13 seniors lined up with their family and friends, it became time for each senior to walk to the courts one last time. Coach Didomizio proudly announced each girl’s name and as they walked down they were greeted with flowers.

“My experience playing on North Penn was probably the best three years ever. This whole team has become such a big family, I love all of them and it’s just been really fun,” senior captain Molly Agriss emphasized.

“Over these three years, I’ve played with three different partners. It’s been great getting to know a bunch of people and playing with my sister my sophomore year was super fun,” Alling added.

The claps and cheers from the family, friends, and even some North Penn teachers surrounded the night with an emotional and personal spirit.

“I learned that you can learn from everyone and everyone teaches you something different every day,” senior Jamie Seo stated.

“I think one of my favorite experiences was learning to adapt to different players. Everyone here is so nice and they’ve all become so close to me. I’m really gonna miss everyone,” Williams explained.

Jessica Wendowski

Each senior got the opportunity to share their favorite memories and future plans after North Penn High School. The night closed out with forever memories, hugs, goodbyes, and even some tears.

“From this experience, I will take away how to be a leader of a team. I was lucky enough to be a captain so I got to learn how to lead and bring everyone together,” Agriss said

“It’s been really great getting to know the girls and overall it’s just been a great four years. I’m just really happy to be on this team,” Jacobs expressed.