VINELAND — Egg Harbor Township and Vineland high schools each won Cape-Atlantic League tennis championships for the fourth consecutive year Tuesday.
Freshman Samantha Phung and Gabrielle Guimapang, a junior, won the doubles title 6-3, 6-2 for the Eagles over Millville’s Kourtney Grotti and Sandy Cruz.
The Fighting Clan’s Tess Fisher, a Rutgers-bound senior, defeated EHT’s Emily Manzo 6-3, 6-2 to cap a legendary career in which she went 158-3 (43-0 this year).
Fisher won the CAL singles title for the fourth time, while the Eagles extended their doubles championship streak that began in 2014. Guimapang won her second doubles title, having paired with Anne Mkrtchyan in 2016.
“Millville has had a history of strong doubles teams,” EHT coach Alene Hartman said. “I was nervous watching them, but I’m hoping that this victory is a bit of a glimpse of the future for the team.
“This was a big goal for Gabby to win in doubles for the second time in a row. When I watch Sam, I have a hard time believing I’m watching a freshman. She played with a lot of confidence today.”
Sarah Phung, a senior who went undefeated in CAL second singles this fall, got to watch her younger sister play in the final.
“It’s cool, like a passing of the torch,” Hartman said.
Guimapang and Samantha Phung went undefeated in CAL doubles this year. They likely will move to singles next season since their team will lose some players to graduation.
“This was amazing,” Phung said. “It was amazing to be undefeated in my freshman year and have good chemistry with my partner, even though it’s a little sad we won’t play together next year.
“It meant a lot to win this title, and I definitely took it for both me and my sister. It was great to practice with her after school and get to play with her all the time.”
Guimapang said it was a fun season playing alongside Phung.
“We were both aggressive players and consistent as well,” she said. “We balanced each other out, but hopefully we can do well at singles next season.”
Fisher was glad to add another title to her long list off accomplishments this season.
“It feels awesome,” Fisher said. “I came in focused, played my game, and I knew it would go my way.”
Fisher pulled away to an early lead in both sets, but Manzo battled back midset both times.
“This year has been great. The team won the Cape-Atlantic League sectionals and made it to states, I won the state title in singles, which has been a dream of mine since freshman year, and now this is just icing on the cake.”