Aggarwal repeats as state tennis champion

Shyla Aggarwal celebrates her individual state championship win.

Ali Sami | The Chronicle

Shyla Aggarwal cemented her legacy as one of the greatest athletes to walk the halls of Mason High School, winning her second consecutive individual state championship.

Aggarwal, the only individual state champion in Mason girls’ tennis history, closes her high school tennis career as a three-time state finalist, two-time singles champion, and four-time team champion.

Aggarwal, also one of the Comets team captains this season, said that she is grateful for all of her tennis accomplishments as well as the long-lasting connections she made with her teammates.

“I’m happy with my career with Mason Tennis,” Aggarwal said. “I can leave Mason with accomplishments I’ll never forget and friendships I’ll hold onto for a lifetime.”

Shyla Aggarwal defeated a familiar foe in the state finals, senior Tess Bucher of North Canton However, who she beat in the state semi-finals last year. After Aggarwal won the first set 6-3,  Bucher jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second set. Aggarwal responded by winning six of the next seven sets to secure her second individual state title.

Aggarwal is committed to continuing her academic and athletic career playing division one tennis at Yale University. Aggarwal said her head coach Mike Reid deserves much of the credit for her success on the court over her Comet career. 

“Coach Reid has helped me a lot this season, and he’s always there for me. I can always count on him whenever I need any extra hitting.” Aggarwal said. “He’ll always be there to do extra drills with me.”

Aggarwal did not lose a set in her junior or senior season going 59-0. She concluded her career on a high note with a team and individual state title, bringing her total count up to six.

Aggarwal said her teammates were critical in helping her leave a legacy with the program, and that their support throughout her success will always stick with her.

“This weekend wouldn’t have been possible without my teammates,” Aggarwal said. “I’m really proud to be a Comet.”

Photo by Aron Dornhecker