Mia Gorman finishes runner up at the PIAA Individual Tennis Championships


Evan Manion

Mia Gorman prepares to hit the ball during her tennis match vs. Char Valley on Sept. 8.

Prior to this year, junior Mia Gorman had never advanced past the first round of the state championships. This year, she not only bested that but finished one spot below the top of the podium.

Gorman finished second to Council Rock North senior Amelia Honer at the 2020 PIAA 3A Girls’ Singles Tennis Championship on Saturday, Nov.7.

The finals match took place at Hershey Racquet Club on the afternoon of Nov. 7. 

Gorman beat out sophomore Trinity Fox from Fairview in the quarterfinals on Nov. 4 and then sophomore Catherine Rabatin from Penn Manor in the semi-finals on Nov. 7.

This set Gorman up with a finals match against Honer whom she had faced in previous tournaments and lost every time.

“I’d say before the match I was a little nervous. I knew the girl I played from tournaments,” said Gorman. “We’ve actually been friends since we were in the 12u age group. So I was nervous but also relaxed.”

The history between the two players brought tension on the court.

“We’d played a few times before and she won all those matches so going in I knew I really had nothing to lose,” Gorman said. “During I felt good, I started to get frustrated when I lost the lead I had but I kept fighting.

 “After, I was disappointed, of course, but happy for my friends who played amazing that day.”