Eagles Tennis Teams Excel All Season

Abby Moghtader was among the standouts in spring tennis.

It was a great spring for Eagles tennis, with the women’s team winning the Coast to Coast (C2C) Athletic Conference tournament held May 6-8, 2021, and both men’s and women’s teams ranking in the Top 20 all season long. 

The C2C is the successor to the Capital Athletic Conference, in which Mary Washington had competed since 1989. The name change became official in late 2020. 

With the Eagles women’s C2C win, they advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament for the 22nd straight season. They advanced to the quarterfinals but did not continue to the semifinals. 

Individually, women’s standouts Abby Moghtader ’23 and Claire Coleman ’22 received NCAA tournament singles bids, and Moghtader and Lauren Quinn ’22 were to compete in doubles. The NCAA singles and doubles tournaments were to be held after press time. 

Moghtader also was named the C2C women’s tennis athlete of the year; head coach Todd Helbling took top coaching honors. 

Eagles men also scorched through their regular tennis season but fell in the C2C finals. Moses Hutchison ’21 earned a spot in the NCAA men’s singles tournament and teamed with Andrew Watson ’23 in the NCAA doubles contest, both held after press time. 

Overall, spring athletes persevered with good grace amid COVID-19 protocols that required constant testing, canceled some events, and limited spectatorship at home games.

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