BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- Although the Bernards girls' tennis season ended with a loss in 2019 to the same program that ended its 2018 season, the Mountaineers had plenty to look back on with pride this fall, according to their coach.
Bernards fell to Summit in the Section 2, Group 2 final on Tuesday. It was the third year in a row that Bernards had reached the sectional finals, but the second straight year that Summit knocked the Mountaineers out.
Bernards entered the match on a 13-game winning streak, and finished the year with an 18-3 record. The team was 16-4 in 2018.
Bernards head coach Dyana Tarulli talked about the contributions each of the team's top seven players brought to the program.
Rebecka Wolpert (first singles) "played some really stunning tennis this season," Tarulli said. "Despite an ongoing back injury, she finished with an impressive 6-3-1 division record. Rebecka improved her game immensely from last season, becoming both more consistent and aggressive, and I’m confident she will continue to grow each year."
Ashley Levine (second singles) "also showed significant growth since last year," Tarulli said. "She’s become more aggressive with her shots and was able to compete at a higher level this season. She finished 12-1 in the division and 19-5 overall with 12 shutouts and amazing upset victories over Bridgewater, Hillsborough and Ridge."
Lauren Sugarmann (third singles) "finished with a 5-3 division record and was a solid contributor throughout our season," Tarulli said. "She had a beautiful three-set victory over Rutgers Prep at the start of the season that gave her confidence to compete against our tough opponents."
Jillian Comstock and Natalie Bachrach (first doubles and team captains) "were a perfect 13-0 in our division matches and 19-4 overall," Tarulli said. "They demonstrated a true understanding of the doubles game and had strong straight-set victories over Ridge and North Hunterdon to help lead us to team wins. Most notable was their resounding win over Ridge 6-3, 6-1."
Mira Patla and Riley DeMarrais (second doubles) "finished a perfect 7-0 in division play and 13-4 overall. They had several outstanding three-set victories throughout the season, including Rutgers Prep, Ridge and North Hunterdon," Tarulli said. "Famous for come-from-behind wins, their most impressive was winning 11 of the last 14 games to beat Voorhees 6-4, 6-3."