Burrito bowl with rice, chicken, guacamole, black beans and salsa: check!
Mint chocolate chip ice cream: check!
A trip to the state girls tennis tournament: Uh-huh.
Arlington High School’s Maranda Sears celebrated with Mexican food and ice cream on Thursday after giving herself reason to. The junior earned her first trip to the state tournament after winning the consolation match of the Section 1 tennis tournament at Harrison High School.
Sears defeated Suffern’s Courtney Ollis, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, to capture third place.
“In the first set, I was nervous because I knew if I lost I wouldn’t get to states,” Sears said of faltering in the first set. “After I lost, I calmed myself down and started playing better.”
Sears had lost to Suffern’s Sydney Kaplan in a semifinal Tuesday and Kaplan went on to win the tournament. But with third place comes a bid to the state tournament on Oct. 31 at the Tri City Tennis Center in Latham, Albany County.
“It’s a huge accomplishment for me,” Sears said. “I looked like one of the pros after winning the U.S. Open, fist-pumping and screaming. I was so excited.”
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