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Despite playing three third-set tiebreakers, the York girls tennis team managed to stay undefeated on the season with a 7-2 win over Lafayette at home Tuesday.
The No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches were one sided in the favor of York, with Gaby Tersigni defeating Tawni Hatcher 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles, and Kristin Dantzler taking down Haley Quarles 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 2 singles.
York's No. 6 singles player Julie Zhou also took care of business, cruising past Isabelle Gareis 6-1, 6-2.
The remaining three singles matches were back-and-forth affairs with each heading into third-set tiebreakers.
After dropping a close 5-7 first set to Lafayette's Robin Rosewelsh, York's No. 3 singles player Courtney Jenkins took control of the match. Jenkins calmed down and easily won the second set 6-1 before taking the tiebreaker 10-2.
"I got myself together after my coach talked to me after the first set," she said. "The first set, I was really energized and full of adrenaline. I was overly excited. I just relaxed a lot and carried the momentum from the second set into the tiebreaker."
Trailing 4-0 in the overall team score, Lafayette found new life after No. 5 singles player Abby Johnson rebounded from an 0-6 first set to take the match into a tiebreaker. Johnson gave the Rams their first win of the day, taking the tiebreaker 10-4.
Unfortunately for Lafayette (6-3), the momentum of Johnson's win was short lived when York's Haruna Fukushima defeated Maggie Dwyer in a grueling 13-11 tiebreaker in the No. 5 singles match.
Fukushima's win helped clinch the team victory for York (7-0), which went on to win two of the three doubles matches.
"Lafayette's always tough," York Coach Steve Fisher said. "We played some tough matches today and hopefully we can earn some wins tomorrow."
Wednesday's matchup could prove to be more challenging. Less than 24 hours removed from their win against Lafayette, the Falcons will travel to take on Jamestown, whose only loss is to defending state champions Midlothian.
Confident in his undefeated Falcons, Fisher thinks his team can hang with Jamestown after defeating the Eagles two out of the last three years.
"Jamestown is always a tough team for us," he said. "The girls who have been around the program, the juniors and seniors, need to have the confidence to go out there and play the points. Things hopefully will bounce our way if we play like we are capable of playing."
Lafayette will also face a quick turnaround as the Rams prepare to host Smithfield at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
York 7, Lafayette 2
Tersigni (Y) d. Hatcher 6-1 6-1
Dantzler (Y) d. Quarles 6-0 6-0
Jenkins (Y) d. Rosewelsh 5-7 6-1 1-0 (10-2)
Fukushima (Y) d. Dwyer 5-7 7-5 1-0 (13-11)
Johnson (L) d. Jutras 0-6 7-5 1-0 (10-4)
Zhou (Y) d. Gareis 6-1 6-2
Tersigni/Dantzler (Y) d. Hatcher/Johnson 8-3
Quarles/Rosewelsh (L) d. Jenkins/Fukushima 8-4
Jutras/Zhou (Y) d. Dwyer/Wood 8-0