Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Future Appears to Be Bright for Demarest

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Future Appears to Be Bright for Demarest

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If there is any team that can boast of a bright future, it would have to be Demarest.

The Norsewomen are the only North Jersey girls tennis squad to have had two singles players in action on the second day of play at the state singles tournament. Although both came up short in their quest to reach the quarterfinals Saturday at Mercer County Park, each was impressive in their three rounds of action.

Junior Grace Minassian came out of Saturday with victories over Jessica Pil of Rutgers Prep and Toms River East's Jamie Breunig (each by a score of 6-0, 6-1); and freshman Alina Chou defeated West Essex's Skyler Simson, 6-4, 1-6, 10-4, and Newark Academy's Hannah Gould, 6-4, 6-7(3), 10-8.

Minassian and Chou fell to very formidable competition in Millburn's Stephanie Schrage and Fair Lawn's Valerie Shklover, respectively. Schrage and Shklover will meet in one of the four quarterfinal matchups this weekend.

RAMAPO'S COMEBACK KIDS: Heading into the weekend's Bergen County tournament, Northern Highlands was a heavy favorite to walk away in first place.

A major catalyst behind Ramapo's title run was the underclassman talent on the roster. The second-doubles tandem of sophomore Taylor Thum and junior Linda Lee took care of business with a couple of comebacks that seemed to have carried them into one of their best stretches of the season.

"The nice thing is that they played together last year, and in high school tennis, that is a significant advantage," said Ramapo coach Kim Marchese. "They started off a bit slow, but once the season started, they've been kind of lights out. So far, they've really been one our strong points."

In the Bergen quarterfinals, Thum and Lee lost to Bergen Tech's Amanda and Lorraine Laban, 6-2, before coming back to win two straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. The victory seemed to spur them on, as they defeated Fair Lawn's Danielle Manhel and Daria Zaslowski in dramatic fashion in the semis, as well. After a first-set win, Thum and Lee bounced back from a 5-1 deficit in the next set to win the match, 6- 2, 7-6.

They went on to beat top-seeded Mackenzie Holleran and Emily Hite of Northern Highlands for the crown, and also earned victories against Immaculate Heart and Mount Olive (in the state tournament) over the past week. …

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