The Miami Vandals girls tennis team finished a 7-7 season with a three-match win streak including last Tuesday’s final match, a 7-1 home victory over the Florence Gophers. The Vandals ended the 2021 season with a 4-3 record in Division III Section IV, ranked 24th in the division.
“After last season ending so abruptly, it has been great to get the kids back out on the courts,” said Miami head coach Joy Wilson. “This season has been a rebuilding year with the loss of so many seniors from the 2020 season. I’m very proud of the 2021 boys and girls Vandal tennis teams, and all the hard work and progress they have made this year. We improved every game and bonded well as one team.”
This year’s team had only four seniors – Mireya Ortiz, Arianna Owens, Karrie Rumsower and Shelby Wampole - and three won their matches against Florence. In singles flights, Rumsower defeated Victoria Acosta 6-2, 7-5; Wampole was victorious over Amariah McEvoy 6-0, 6-1; and Ortiz and freshman Vanessa Stemm won through disqualifications, according to AZPreps365. In Miami’s only loss of the match, the Gophers’ Candace Titla downed Owens in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 11-9. Miami junior Jayde Day added a 7-6, 6-1 win over Grace Moak.
In doubles flights Owens and Rumsower defeated Acosta and Titla 8-4, and Ortiz and Wampole won against McEvoy and Moak 8-1.
Seven Miami players look to return for next season, including Day, Stemm and freshman Brynn-Leigh Dickison, who achieved a 9-4 record this year.
“Vandal tennis will always be guided by the drive and knowledge of Cherry Roberds; her legacy will live on in all whom she coached and in future generations of Vandals,” said Wilson.