Girls Tennis Roundup: Jamestown Hands York Hard-Fought Defeat

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Alisha Kohli
Jamestown's Alisha Kohli plays a forehand slice. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

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After defeating Lafayette 7-2 on Tuesday, York's girls tennis team felt prepared to take on Jamestown, whose only loss was the defending state champions Midlothian.

On Wednesday, a short-handed Jamestown handed York its first loss of the season, defeating the Falcons 6-3 at home.

Jamestown made a big statement early as Anna Walter handed York's No. 1 player Gaby Tersigni a decisive 6-1, 6-0 victory.

York responded in turn as Kristin Dantzler cruised past Jamestown's Katie Hunt 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 2 singles match.

The remaining four singles matches were hotly contested, three needing a third-set tiebreaker to determine a winner.

Perhaps the most entertaining match of the day came during the No. 3 singles as York's Courtney Jenkins battled with Jamestown's Alisha Kohli.

The two hard-hitting players battled for two close sets, each responding with a passionate yell after winning tough points.

With the second set two points away from heading to a tiebreaker, Kohli won back-to-back points during a deuce to secure the match win.

The last singles match to finish was the No. 4 showdown between Haruna Fukushima of York and Marie-Helena Peeters of Jamestown, who usually plays in the No. 5 spot.

Peeters was forced to shift up a position in the singles rotation due to Jamestown's regular No. 4 player Britney Herard being out with an illness.

After dropping the first set 3-6, Peeters battled back to win a close 7-5 second-set tiebreaker, sending the match into a third-set tiebreaker.

With the other singles matches finished, Jamestown leading 3-2 in team score, fans and players from both teams crowded around the court to watch the critical match unfold.

Peeters jumped out to a quick 7-1 lead in the tiebreaker, but saw Fukushima battle back to make it 8-5.

One point shy of winning the match, Peeters watched a Fukushima return sail wide of the baseline, ending the match and giving Jamestown a 4-2 team lead.

"This is important to both teams," Jamestown Coach Karen Johnson said. "Even though we're in different state levels and conferences, people want to continue to win and be Bay Rivers champions."

York fought back in the doubles matches, taking advantage of the absence of Herard, who normally plays doubles with Walter. In Herard's place was freshman Emily Sharp.

For the most part, Sharp held her own against the York doubles pairing of Tersigni and Dantzler, though in the end the hard-hitting Falcons duo proved too much during an 8-2 victory, bringing York a game shy of tying the team score.

Jamestown put any hopes of a rally to rest as the doubles team of Hunt and Kohli defeated the York doubles team of Jenkins and Fukushima 8-3 minutes later to secure the team win.

"There was a lot of fight in my girls today knowing we were down a player," Johnson said of her team. "We played really, really great under pressure today."

The win pushes Jamestown to 9-1 on the season, winning six consecutive games. The Eagles will look to continue their win streak as they travel to take on Warhill at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Conversely, York will have to rebound from its first loss of the season. The Falcons should have a good chance to do so as they travel to take on Tabb at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Jamestown 6, York 3

Singles
Walter (J) d. Tersigni 6-1, 6-0
Dantzler (Y) d. Hunt 6-2, 6-1
Kohli (J) d. Jenkins 6-4, 7-5
Peeters (J) d. Fukushima 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (10-6)
Jutras (Y) d.Tisdale 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8)
Sharp (J) d. Zhou 0-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6)

Doubles
Tersigni/Dantzler (Y) d. Walter/Sharp 8-2
Hunt/Kohli (J) d. Jenkins/Fukushima 8-3
Peeters/Hornick (J) d. Jutras/Zhou 8-5

 

Grafton Sweeps Warhill

Grafton's girls tennis team made quick work of Warhill, defeating the Lions 9-0 at home Wednesday.

The closest match was the No. 3 doubles, though Grafton prevailed 8-6 in the end.

The Clippers improve to 5-4 on the year with a home match against Bruton on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Warhill drops to 3-6 on the season with a tough home match against Jamestown on Tuesday.

Grafton 9, Warhill 0

Singles
Zhang (G) d. Strakhova 6-1, 6-2
Dixon (G) d. Braddom 6-1, 6-0
DeShayes (G) d. Buscher 6-4, 6-1
Ogusu (G) d. Dannon 6-4, 6-2
Nelson (G) d. Liu 6-0, 6-1
Liu (G) d. Paffrath 6-1, 6-1

Doubles
Zhang/Dixon (G) d. Strakhova/Braddom 8-4
DeShayes/Ogusu (G) d. Buscher/Veliz 8-0
Nelson/Liu (G) d. Liu/Dannon 8-6

 

Bruton Edges Tabb

Trailing 3-4 in the team score and losing in the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches, Bruton battled back to claim a narrow 5-4 win against Tabb at home Wednesday.

The win snaps a four-game losing streak for Bruton, which moves to 3-7 on the season with an upcoming road match against Grafton on Tuesday.

Tabb drops to 3-6 on the year with a chance to rebound at home against York at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Bruton 5, Tabb 4

Singles
Wendi Williams (T) d. Allison Pratt 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
Jenny Gu (T) d. Sydney Wojcieszak 6-4, 7-5
Sasha Morris (B) d. Mary Katherine Galoozis 6-4, 6-1
Leanne Troutman (B) d. Julie Hwang 6-2, 6-3
Natalie Cross (B) d. Rachel McNamara 6-1, 6-1
Lorana Piron (T) d. Libby Bieri 6-1, 6-3

Doubles
Pratt/Morris (B) d. Williams/Gu 9-8 (7-5)
Troutman/Cross (B) d. Galoozis/Hwang 9-7
McNamara/Piron (T) d. Bieri/Soysalan 8-4

Girls Tennis Roundup: Jamestown Hands York Hard-Fought Defeat