CHATHAM, NJ - Libby White is managing to enjoy her senior season for the Chatham girls tennis team despite the late start due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
White pushed her record to 5-0 on Wednesday with a straight-set win as the Cougars swept past Parsippany Hills, 5-0, at Colony Courts.
White and Chatham (4-1) now have a chance to win a state sectional title with the seeding for the tournament expected to be announced on Thursday.
"I'm so excited," White said. "I was so disappointed when we heard we weren't going to have counties this year. I heard we're not playing Millburn in the states this year, so I think we have a good chance to win the sectional."
Chatham advanced to the state sectional championship game in 2019 before bowing to Millburn in the final.
A year ago, White played first singles for Chatham and finished 7-10, playing all the top players from the opposing team. She's returned to second singles this year with the addition of Cornelia Bruu-Syversen, who is undefeated at first singles for Chatham.
"It was difficult but it definitely has helped me this season," White said of last season. "A lot of people in first singles either hit really hard or hit everything back. I feel like in second singles it allows me to be more aggressive on my shots and finish the points up.
"I really enjoy it. I played second my sophomore year and then I played first last year, but I love second. It's so much fun."
Libby White talks about her senior tennis season for Chatham
Also winning for Chatham on Wednesday vs. Parsippany Hills was No. 1 singles Bruu-Syversen, who took her match 6-0, 6-0; third singles Nora Wiekert, who won 6-0, 6-0; Cameron Sims and Sophia Paparo at first doubles, 6-1, 6-5, and Sydney Berkson and Sarah Fidora at second doubles, 6-0, 6-1.