Southridge Storm fourth at tennis provincials

Southridge Storm’s senior tennis team set a new school record last weekend, after a fourth-place finish at provincial AA tennis championships in Burnaby.

The fourth place finish was the best-ever for the South Surrey school.

The Storm advanced to semifinals after beating Shawnigan Lake, but in semis fell 8-3 overall to Brentwood College. Southridge then lost the third-place game by the same score.

In addition to their top-four provincial placing, Southridge also added a Fraser Valley banner to their collection, winning the regional tournament on May 10.

The Storm won the banner – the second in four years for the school – with a 6-5 victory over Abbotsford’s Mennonite Educational Institute.

In semifinals, Southridge dispatched Surrey rivals from Holy Cross by an 11-0 score, while MEI beat Port Coquitlam’s Archbishop Carney to set up the championship-game meeting.

Southridge got off to a quick start on the final day, as Minhoo Kim and Alex Datcu-Romano each won their first matches, but MEI followed suit with three wins, which in turn, was followed by victories for Southridge’s Tanelle Westgard and Julia Ayre.

In singles play, Noah Jurovich and Tae-Hyo Kim overwhelmed their MEI opponents to give the overall lead back to Southridge.

In doubles, the Storm tandem of Jackson Prange and Andrew McDonald also earned a victory, and Southridge captured the banner when Jurovich and Kim teamed up to win a mixed doubles contest, breaking a 5-5 overall tie.

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