Co­dreanu earns sil­ver at states

The Colonial - - OPINION - By An­drew Mar­cus

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.

Then she came back to the HerVhey 5DFTueW COuE on Fri­day and Satur­day and did the same in the sin­gles tour­na­ment. Co­dreanu knows how to pick her­self up at a young age. She has done it time and time again throughouW Whe VeDVon. HoweYer, with a mo­ti­vated Marlys BrLGJhDP PDNLnJ OLPLWeG mis­takes in the cham­pi­onship match, Co­dreanu fell 6-1, 6-4 Wo Whe 3Lne 5LFhODnG se­nior and na­tion­ally-ranked player.

“I know she will be say­ing she made too many mis­takes,” War­riors coach Cathy Miller said. “Against D NLG OLNe BrLGJhDP you FDn­not be­cause Marlys did not PDNe PDny PLVWDNeV. BuW she was not go­ing to quit. She has raised the level of Whe WeDP. 0LhDeOD wLOO finG her­self back here.”

BrLGJhDP FoPSOeWeOy missed the PIAA tour­naPenW DV D MunLor DnG wDV on a mis­sion to medal, and for that medal to be gold. The Dis­trict 7 run­ner-up knocked off de­fend­ing state cham­pion and Dis­trict 1 cham­pion ChrLVWLnD .DLVer (3OyPouWhWhitemarsh) be­fore knock­ing off Wis­sahickon’s Mau­reen Devlin and even­tu­ally Co­dreanu.

“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.”

File photo

Methac­ton’s Mi­haela Co­dreanu won the sil­ver medal at the PIAA Class AAA ten­nis cham­pi­onships on Satur­day.

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