For nearly two decades from 1991 to 2008, the Bartlett girls tennis program had an incredible run of success, having qualified for District play 18 years in a row! During this era, the tennis teams reached the finals or semifinals more than a dozen times and had 4 undefeated seasons. However, only the 15-0 1995 Border Conference Champion team was able to accomplish the ultimate goal of winning the Division 2 District E Championship and advancing to the State Tournament.
The 1995 team totally dominated their Border Conference opponents. In tennis, scoring is based on a five point system, three singles matches and two doubles matches. The 1995 team swept every Border Conference point (60-0), an unbelievable feat. The final scoring tally for the season was Bartlett 71-4, with the biggest wins of the season taking place in the non-conference matches with the powerhouses of Division 1 Doherty and Woodstock, Connecticut. The 3-2 victory over undefeated Doherty marked the first time in Bartlett tennis history that a team had defeated the perennial Worcester Division 1 city champions.
No question the 1995 team had quality, talented tennis players that were hard working, but what Hall of Fame Coach John Mrazik liked most about the squad was their mental toughness, their ability to dig in and not quit.
The top five team members included Singles #1 - senior Captain Jen Moisan, Singles #2 sophomore Julie Mendillo, singles #3 senior Jodie Zdrok and doubles #1 - juniors Kris Gabor and Amy Ostrowski, with all five attaining Border Conference All-Star status. The doubles #2 position involved a rotation of underclassmen junior Danielle Cabral, sophomores Michelle Burgess, Katie Cirka, Kim Czernicki, Meg O'Leary, and Lisa Surozenski, freshman Maurissa McGeary, and 7th grader Arie Gabor.
Winning the Division 2 District E Championship was a tough road. In the quarterfinals the girls defeated a strong Groton-Dunstable team and in the semifinals Mid-Wach powerhouse Westboro. In the finals at Holy Cross, the Indians upset the heavily favored and undefeated Bromfield Academy 3 to 2.
While the season ended in the state semifinals with a loss to the Boston area powerhouse Wellesley, the girls had accomplished something very special throughout the season.
Coach Mrazik was not only proud of what the girls accomplished on the courts, but in the classroom as well, with the team achieving the highest GPA of any team at Bartlett, winning the MIAA gold certificate.
The girls of the 1995 Tennis Team were dedicated, very smart, very tough, and determined which makes for a terrific winning formula in tennis.