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Playing for the future: Congiardo not satisfied after first-ever Lady Cardinal Tennis state tournament appearance

Staff Photo by Andrew Alexander

The District 15 A-AA Female Tennis Player of the Year and Region 8 A-AA Singles Champion Darby Congiardo was one of the final eight girls’ singles competitors to make it to the 2012 BlueCross Spring Fling A-AA Girls’ Singles Tennis Tournament last week in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

“First of all, it’s special to make it to the Elite 8 as a player,” said Cardinal Tennis head coach Michael Harvill. “Eight people in the state and you get here? That’s special.”

The junior Lady Cardinal standout was not victorious in her opening round match against Stone Memorial’s Ali Harris at the Old Fort Park tennis courts last Thursday. The loss was only her third defeat all year. 

The hard-hitting sophomore defeated Congiardo in straight sets (6-1, 6-3), but simply making the state tournament was a victory for her.

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