Mount Lourdes once again tasted success in the Ulster Schools’ Tennis Tournament which took place during May and June.

This year Mount Lourdes took part in the Intermediate section which saw a record number of 25 schools taking part across Ulster.

Mount Lourdes were in the bottom section of the draw which saw their first match drawn against Grosvenor A where they won all six matches.

The semi-final was a very close encounter against Methody with the score finishing three matches apiece. When this occurs, the games are counted and Mount Lourdes came out on top with a total of 64 games to 53. A tough final lay ahead for the Mount Lourdes girls as they now faced the defending champions Strathearn College in Belfast. However, they got down to business straight away winning three of the four singles.

Anna Gutte, Ciara Griffin and Eve Callaghan all won their matches in straight sets putting the team in a very strong position going into the doubles.

The decisive wins in the singles meant that on count back they only needed one more set in the two remaining two doubles matches to secure victory.

True to form Mount Lourdes dug deep. The first doubles pairing of team captain Amy Griffin and Eve Callaghan were quick to take control of their first set going up an early break.

Amy’s powerful serve was ably backed up by some great volleying at the net from Eve.

The crucial set was won by the girls along with the title of Ulster champions. The whole team was delighted to bring the cup back to Fermanagh once again.

This is the fifth year in succession that Mount Lourdes have brought the Ulster Cup to Fermanagh having first won the Intermediate in 2013 and the senior cup the following three years. All four girls receive coaching from Matthew McGann at their local tennis club in Enniskillen.