Codreanu earns silver at states
It was the year of the Warrior. And it was a sophomore Methacton tennis player that led the way.
Mihaela Codreanu quietly led her team to a seconG SODFe finLVh Ln Whe 3,AA Class AAA team championship.
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“It is a credit to all of
these girls training,” Wissahickon coach Mary Ellen Devlin said. “They work hard. Chrisite, Katherine and Maureen, who have been here three of her four years — they know what to do.”
Devlin wound up taking fourth place and falling to District 7 champ Callie Frey of Mount Lebanon. Frey, a senior, found herself in the thirdplace match after Codreanu rallied back from losing the fiUsW sHW 0-6 WR wLn WKH nHxW two 6-3, 7-6 and make her sSRW Ln WKH finDO wHOO HDUnHG.
“I found a way to get through and I’m glad that I did,” Codreanu said. “If yRu finG D wHDNnHss, JR for it and use your strength against their weakness. I just kept going. I am proud to be here and this was a great accomplishment.”
Codreanu also won her fiUsW WwR PDWFKHs RI WKH tournament both by 6-0, 6-0 sFRUHs HDsLOy PDNLnJ KHU fiUsW round PIAA exit as a freshman a distant memory. Losing to Kaiser in the district finDOs sHHPHG WR IuHO CRGUH- Dnu’s fiUH.
“There is no give up in Mihaela,” Miller said. “Kaiser raised her game and got her going. So much of all of this is mental. This kid is tested with the USTA. It has been a great run.”
Codreanu and the Warriors will head back to Eagleville with silver medals to show off, but with a team full of youngsters, expect their presence to be felt in Hershey for a few more years to come. Codreanu’s focus and hard work separates her from the great players. Like Bridgham this year, Codreanu will be motivated for the gold.
“I am happy to be here and happy the team did well,” Codreanu said. “Hopefully next year we will do the same.”
Methacton’s Mihaela Codreanu won the silver medal at the PIAA Class AAA tennis championships on Saturday.