Lee girls’ tennis sweeps Mt. Everett

Ava Martin returns serve during her two-set victory over Madeline Von Ruden
during Lee’s matchup with Mt. Everett in the first round of the tournament. (Photo by Matthew Tonis)

LEE — When the Lee and Mt. Everett girls’ tennis teams woke up Monday morning, they weren’t sure if they’d be playing that day. In fact, few had an inkling it was even a possibility.

Due to the MIAA scheduling the schools to play in both the boys’ and girls’ tournament Tuesday, a decision was made to move the girls’ match a day earlier so the courts would be free.

Lee coach Norma Comalli said her team heard rumblings about the match date, but did not have confirmation until the morning.

Those at Mt. Everett were not as in the know.

“I was on a hike with some kids, so my daughter happened to get me when I got service,” Mt. Everett coach Asha Von Ruden said. “She was like, ‘uh, we’re supposed to play today…’”

With just over three hours between her being notified to the start of the match, Von Ruden and the Eagles scrambled over to Lee to face a very familiar foe.

Because they are in the same league, Lee and Mt. Everett play enough for the sides to know exactly what they’ll see when they square off, which made the Eagles’ drive north more of a death march.

What conspired was a 5-0 victory for the Wildcats, advancing them to at least the Western Mass. Division III semifinal for the fourth year in a row.

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