Week 2: Girls’ tennis tops Braves and Wildcats in controlling defeats

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After a close win over the Branson Bulls the week before, the girls’ varsity tennis team continued their winning streak by defeating the Justin Siena Braves on Tuesday, Sept. 13, marking their second sweep of the season.

Despite the easy win, the Giants didn’t know what to expect out of the Braves lineup when initially entering the match.

According to senior captain Natalie Epstein, the Giants heard that Justin Siena’s top players were good, but they weren’t sure about the rest of the ladder.

“We didn’t know how well they were going to be this year, whereas with Branson we had an idea that they would be good,” Epstein said.

Senior captain Lindsay Thornton attempts to serve.

Senior captain Lindsay Thornton attempts a serve to win the first set.

Match Results

Singles:

#1 – Lise Swain 3-6, 6-4, (10-5) Win

#2 – Devon Cusack 6-0, 6-0 Win

#3 – Lindsay Thornton 6-0, 6-0 Win

#4 – Quinn Perozzi 6-0, 6-0 Win

#5 – Chloe Willson 6-2, 6-0 Win

#6 – Natalie Epstein 6-2, 6-1 Win

Junior Devon Cusack attempts a serve.

Junior Devon Cusack attempts a serve in her second set.

 

 

Doubles:

#1 – Molly Kehoe and Zoe Babikian 6-1, 6-4 Win

#2 – Christine Watridge and Ella Ong Bamola 6-1, 6-2 Win

#3 – Lilly Blanadet and Lindsay Dubin 6-1, 6-2 Win

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Following their match on Tuesday, the Giants overpowered the Marin Catholic Wildcats on Thursday, Sept. 15 losing only one match.

Junior Molly Kehoe and freshman Zoe Babikian high five after they earned a point on an unusual play.

Junior Molly Kehoe and freshman Zoe Babikian high five after they earn a point on an unusual play.

The Giants wanted to make sure to play to the best of their ability even though the Wildcats aren’t their toughest opponent going into the match.

According to senior captain Lindsay Thornton, it is easy to be over confident and therefore not play well when you aren’t facing a tough opponent.

“I told the girls before the match to focus on playing at their highest level of tennis and not to stoop down to their opponents level, however always being respectful of your opponents,” Thornton said.

 

 

Match Results

Junior Ella Ong Bamola attempts a serve in her second match.

Junior Ella Ong Bamola attempts a serve in her second set.

Singles:

#1 – Lise Swain 6-0, 6-2 Win

#2 – Devon Cusack 6-4, 6-1 Win

#3 – Lindsay Thornton 6-0, 6-0 Win

#4 – Quinn Perozzi 6-0, 6-0 Win

#5 – Chloe Willson 6-2, 6-1 Win

#6 – Natalie Epstein 6-2, 6-2 Win

Doubles:

#1 – Molly Kehoe and Zoe Babikian 7-6, (7-4), 6-3 Win

#2 – Christine Watridge and Ella Ong Bamola 6-1, 6-2 Win

#3 – Lilly Blanadet and Lindsay Dubin 6-4, 2-6, (3-10) Loss

Cusack prepares to hit a backhand from a returned serve.

Cusack prepares to hit a backhand from a returned serve.

Epstein prepares to hit a forehand back to her opponent.

Epstein prepares to hit a forehand back to her opponent.

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