Girls Varsity Tennis · Lady Raven Tennis qualifies 2 entries for State Tournament

  Place Points
Shawnee Mission East High School 1st 16
Mill Valley High School 2nd 6
Olathe Northwest High School 2nd 6
Olathe East High School 4th 3

The Lady Raven tennis team fought off some tough competition and tough conditions to qualify half of their team for the state tournament.
In a year with very few spots up for grabs, due to a combination of the two co-state champion teams returning all of their players and a dramatic reduction in the number of participants in the state tournament, the Olathe Northwest Lady Ravens managed to qualify singles player Ella Novion and the doubles team of Piper Privat and Jocelyn Mattingly for next week’s state tournament.
In a different year, where the top 6 finishers in singles and doubles qualify, perhaps Camryn Medina, who lost in the quarterfinals, and Carlie Scheer and Elizabeth Jones, who lost a close match in the first round, would also have qualified, but their contributions to a successful season will not be forgotten. All three of those young ladies are hungry to improve and come back even stronger next season.
Freshman Novion has been the team leader all season. Leading through example in practice, and results in matches. She has continually come across experienced senior players who have been multi-time state medalists, and every time she goes out to the court, she plays better. On this day she brushed aside her first two opponents to qualify for state without losing a game. In doing so, she became the school’s first state qualifier since 2017. In the semifinals, she faced Mill Valley’s Sophie Lecuru for the third time this year. Novion was in the match the whole time, playing Lecuru the closest she has all year before bowing out by the score of 6-4, 6-4. Novion then rebounded to beat Shawnee Mission East’s Bridget Epstein, also playing her for the third time this year, by the score of 6-4, 6-3. Epstein saved several match points in the final game before Novion sealed the victory, and a third place finish.
Doubles pairing of Piper Privat and Jocelyn Mattingly also had something to prove on this day, coming out of the gates hot with a 6-0, 6-0 win in their first match of the day. This set up a “win and you’re in” rematch with the Shawnee Mission South duo of Madison Hanna and Mary Novak, who Privat and Mattingly narrowly defeated in a tiebreaker earlier this season. The first set was back and forth, but the Lady Ravens prevailed, 6-4. The South pair started to show some nerves, while the Ravens focused in and played their brand of tennis to perfection, finishing the match off with a 6-1 win in the second set. The semi-finals brought a match-up with the undefeated defeneding state-champion pair from Shawnee Mission East, and a 6-0, 6-1 loss. This set up a match with cross town rival Olathe East’s top pair Hali Liu and Rubey Moley. The Ravens had defeated Moley and her former partner earlier this season, but Liu, and her impressive doubles resume, made the switch back to doubles after regional assignments came out. The East pair proved to be the team with more gas left in the tank after a long hot day, prevailing 6-4, 6-1, which settled Privat and Mattingly in as the 4th place finishers.
Even with some standout performances, the success of the team was once again due to the entire roster contributing. The plaque the team earned might be the first of its kind in Lady Raven tennis history, and this young group just continues to make their positive impact on the program.