The 2021 Spring season ends with our Varsity Tennis team earning the title of 2021 MIAA Champions.
It’s not how you start a season; it’s how you finish it. Early on, the 2021 Varsity A Conference defending champions had to overcome a bit of adversity. Cramping, sore backs, elbows, and arms plagued the team in the early going. Thanks to the excellent work of the athletic trainers. Nick Pitruzella, Kirsten Brown, the strength and conditioning maestro Diego Matorras and the incredible commitment by coaches Josh Eventoff, Cole Sutton, and Nick Boucher, the greyhounds bounced back to finish the regular season 6-1. The hounds showed what they were made of defeating three playoff teams and winning their 7th consecutive MIAA Championship and 27 overall Championship from 1958. Placing varsity tennis in first place among all varsity sports in Gilman school sport’s history. The 4-1 defeat of Severn school marked their first loss all season in the conference and non-conference matches. This was led by the number one and two doubles teams. Andrew Brinckerhoff and Senior captain Jai Kukreja got things rolling with a convincing 6-2,6-2 victory over Severn’s undefeated number one doubles team. This was followed up by the Greyhounds number two doubles team that made a remarkable recovery from an 0-4 rocky start by Johannes Qian and Luca Pavlovich to post a 7-5,6-2 victory. Boosting Gilman up 2-0. The clincher arrived a short time later as junior Ben Cordish secured Gilman school into league and school history with a 6-1,7-5 victory at three singles. The championship day was capped off with freshman Andrew Hannan’s 6-0,6-4 victory over Severn’s number two. Historic day only made possible by the tireless effort of the athletic department’s Lori Bristow, Russell Wrenn, and Carol Schuch, plus school officials.