By Gabriella Sorrentino, Assistant Sports Editor
The fall sports seasons have come to an end for the field hockey, volleyball and gymnastics teams. Aside from regular season games, the teams also qualified for Shore Conference and NJSIAA state tournaments.
The field hockey team ended with a final record of 7-10-1, a considerable improvement from its 1-13-1 record in the 2018 season. The team qualified for the NJSIAA Tournament, where the ninth-seeded Monarchs lost 5-1 against eighth-seeded Mount St. Mary Academy in the first round on Oct. 26.
“It was extremely exciting that we qualified to play in our first states game this year,” senior Sophia Hegel said. “Mount St. Mary’s was definitely a tough competitor, but we played up and gave it our best effort. While I wish we could have won, I can’t wait to watch the team play in many state games to come.” The second-year team competed in its final game with its original players on Oct. 28, when it secured a 6-0 win over Mater Dei.
The volleyball team finished its season with a record of 6-19, which, similar to field hockey, improved its record from 2-22 in 2018. Senior Ryen Miller said it was a “great improvement” for the team. The team qualified for the NJSIAA state tournament, where the 27th-seeded team lost 2-0 to 16th-seeded Hudson Catholic.
This fall was also the inaugural season for the gymnastics team. The team competed in several meets and junior Margaret Jordan, senior Vanessa Lambrou and sophomore Claire Mikulski qualified for the NJSIAA State Sectional championship. Lambrou’s performance at the sectional meet qualified her for the Meet of Champions, where she placed sixth in the state for uneven bars and ninth all-around. The team ended with a final record of 3-3.
“There were highlights of some seasons [and] there were hard moments of some seasons,” Director of Athletics Alison Pugsley said. “Overall, I think that it was undeniably successful in the sense of student-athletes committing themselves to being all in, putting forth their best effort and then also always keeping in mind the bigger picture of the Trinity Hall team and committing themselves to being part of that team and being their best selves.”