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The Marvin Ridge girls tennis team won the 2021 4A dual team state championship in Burlington last Saturday, finishing their season with a 23-0 record. This marks the Mavericks’ third dual team state title in girls tennis since 2015.

The Marvin Ridge High girls tennis program has now won three dual team state championships since the school opened in 2007.

The Mavericks captured their first state title since 2016 last Saturday (Nov. 6) with a 5-0 sweep of East Chapel Hill at the Burlington Tennis Center in the dual-team state finals.

Despite making the move up from 3A to 4A last offseason, the Mavericks finished the year a perfect 23-0 — while simultaneously handing East Chapel Hill its first loss of the year. This is Marvin Ridge’s first 4A girls tennis title; the Mavs won back-to-back 3A state titles in 2015 and 2016.

Marvin Ridge was led by sisters Reese and Avery Sager. Reese is a freshman and is Marvin Ridge’s No. 1 singles player. She defeated East Chapel Hill No. 1 Clara Mast in straight sets (6-0, 6-4), while Avery — a senior — also won in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) against ECH’s No. 2 singles player.

Reese — who was named MVP of the 4A tournament — and Avery also won the 4A doubles tournament last week in individual play.

This year Reese was 16-1 at No. 1 singles, while Avery was 4-0 at No. 1 singles and 15-0 from the No. 2 spot.

Also picking up wins in the state final for Marvin Ridge were: Jeslyn Pratiknjo, Merritt Wilson and Celina Chen. Teammate Shivani Kotikalapudi was leading her match before it was suspended once the Mavericks clinched.

Marvin Ridge will graduate five seniors from this year’s team, including Avery Sager and Kotikalapudi, who were both captains.

Marvin Ridge has a dual-team record of 67-9 since the start of the 2018 season under head coach Julie van Olden.