St. John’s claims sixth WCAC girls’ tennis title in seven years

St. John’s wrapped up its sixth Washington Catholic Athletic Conference girls’ tennis championship in seven years Monday, continuing a dominant stretch atop one of the area’s most competitive leagues.

Three Cadets won their singles flights to give St. John’s 31 tournament points, three more than second-place Paul VI Catholic, which also had three individual winners.

The annual tournament success reflects St. John’s continued reign over the league, as St. John’s has won 96 of its last 97 WCAC matches, including another undefeated season this year.

“It’s the legacy we have now,” St. John’s Coach Merritt Johnson said. “Back when we won our first title, the word kind of got out. Kids locally know about St. John’s girls’ tennis, and they want to play here.”

Holy Cross freshman Shannon Hanley won the league’s individual title with a close win at No. 1 singles over Cadets senior Monet Graves — the two-time defending league champion and two-time All-Met.

The Cadets’ individual winners were Stephanie Miller at No. 2 singles, Michelle Bucher at No. 4 singles and Shannon Brown at No. 5 singles.

“The girls are hungry, but the ones who have been there before are almost used to winning,” Johnson said. “I have to motivate them that they still have to play. It was close this year, but we came through.”

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