Sydney Herrington of Bishop Brady: Girls’ Tennis Player of the Season

  • Bishop Brady’s Sydney Herrington lost just one singles match during her four-year high school career. ROGER ACHONG / Courtesy

  • Bishop Brady’s Sydney Herrington cracks a forehand at The Derryfield School in Manchester. Herrington was undefeated in singles during team play in her four years at Bishop Brady, won three girls’ tennis singles titles (and was a runner-up as a freshman, the only year she didn’t win) and was a two-time girls’ doubles runner-up.  ROGER ACHONG / Courtesy—

Monitor staff
Published: 6/27/2018 10:00:07 PM

She didn’t lose a singles match this spring, but that’s nothing new for Sydney Herrington.

The senior lost just one singles match during her four years at Bishop Brady – the 2015 individual tournament final. This season she rolled to her third straight individual championship with a 6-0, 6-3 win in the final against Bedford’s Carley Citron, the No. 2 seed. That result highlighted the distance between Herrington and the rest of the field and capped an amazing high school career.

Herrington went 55-0 during team play for Bishop Brady, the first two years in Division II and the last two in D-I. And she did it in dominating fashion, winning 441 games and losing just 36.

She went 16-1 in the singles tournament, the lone loss coming as a freshman against Manchester Central’s Julia Chapell in that 2015 final. Herrington avenged that loss by beating Chapell in the 2016 and 2017 finals.

Chappell and Krysten Walker did beat Herrington and Ravalika Damerla in the 2017 doubles final, and Herrington was a doubles runner-up again this spring as she and Brady sophomore Rachel Achong lost in the finals to Bishop Guertin’s Amy Maalouf and Claire Reynolds. Herrington did get a measure of revenge for that loss when she beat Maalouf in the singles semifinals, 6-0, 6-0, before beating Citron in the final.

The Giants finished 8-7 and missed the D-I team playoffs, but that didn’t stop Herrington from enjoying her last season in a Brady uniform.

“It’s more individual on the court, but our team was so fun to be with,” Herrington said. “We had a really good time.”

Having her parents, Lee and Joan, coach the team for all four years added to that good time, and it helped Sydney on the court.

“I really understand what they’re saying when they give me advice,” she said. “I think I can perform better because of it.”

Not that she ever needed much advice. Herrington could beat opponents in any number of ways. She had powerful groundstrokes on both sides, the athleticism to get to the net and the touch to succeed there and a nasty lefty serve.

As impressive as she was on the tennis court, Herrington may be even better on the ice. And next year she will focus on that when she plays women’s hockey for Northeastern, following in the footsteps of her sister Shelby, a Bishop Brady grad who just finished her senior season at Northeastern as a team captain. Sydney may be putting her rackets on the shelf, but she won’t forget them.

“I’ll never quit the sport,” she said.

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