TEWKSBURY — Throughout the calender year, many of the Tewksbury Memorial High School athletic teams have taken home their share of hardware, with a state title, a state finalist trophy, among many other incredible league, team and individual awards.
Well you can certainly add girls tennis to that list.
On Sunday morning, just before the team was going to host Somerville in the first ever home playoff game, the Merrimack Valley Conference announced that Mary MacDonald was the choice of the Division 2 Coach of the Year, senior Elizabeth Ezekiel would be the choice for the MVC D2 Player of the Year, while the two doubles teams of Jaime Burns and Lizzy Taggert, as well as Emma White and Alexis Hillis, would be named MVC D2 All-Stars, the second in a row for White and Hillis.
It's believed that Ezekiel is just the second player in the program's history to win the honor of POY, following Katie MacDonald, Mary's daughter, who won the award back in 2004 when she led the team to its first ever playoff appearance. She was 24-7 over her final two seasons.
Ezekiel finished the regular season with an 8-3 mark.
"It's pretty cool that I got this award as I never expected it," she said. "I know Coach doesn't have a vote so it really means something when other coaches in the league recognize you. I'm so happy for Mary for getting the Coach of the Year and for the two doubles teams to get their (all-star) recognition."
A short time after finding out about the award, Ezekiel helped lead the tennis team to its first ever state tournament victory, a 5-0 win over Somerville. She improved to 9-3 on the season with a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
"In the fall I was on the volleyball team and we advanced a couple of rounds (in the tournament)," she said. "I wasn't able to play as much because we had so many talented girls who are now going to go on and play in college, so I totally understood that but it was totally cool to be a part of this today and that I'm a driving force (in the win) and have helped the team move on (to the second round)."