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Grafton dropped its second match of the season Monday afternoon, falling 7-2 at home to Mathews.
The overall match was much closer than the 7-2 final score might indicate, as two of Mathews' singles wins came in a tiebreaker third set, while the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches were both decided by two games.
Mathews opened with a win at No. 2 singles in just over an hour, as Ashley Hudgins beat Grafton's Claire Nelson 6-2, 3-6, 10-6.
Roughly seven minutes later, Grafton recorded its only singles win of the day when No. 1 Winnie Zhang completed her 6-1, 6-3 victory against Morgan Johnson.
With 90 minutes elapsed in the match, Mathews' No. 6 Madelyn Johnson finished her 6-3, 6-4 win against Grafton's Lexi Christie.
The No. 5 and No. 4 singles matches finished back-to-back moments later, with Mathews coming out on the winning end of both. At No. 5 singles, Emma Wood beat Yuki Ogusu 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, while Maddie Brown topped Yenna Chu 6-1, 6-3 at No. 4.
With all other singles matches completed, players, coaches and fans for both teams crowded around court three to watch the tiebreaker third set between Mathews' Rachel Stewart and Grafton's Annie Cao in the No. 3 singles match.
Trailing 9-6 in the final set, Cao delivered a forehand sailing way past the baseline. The point gave Stewart the victory and guaranteed Mathews would win the overall match.
Despite being mathematically unable to win the team match, Grafton still put up a good fight in doubles.
Similar to singles, Grafton's No. 1 team of Zhang and Ogusu topped Morgan Johnson and Hudgins 8-6.
The Clippers lost a tight match at No. 2 doubles, as Nelson and Cao fell 9-7 to Wells and Brown. Finally, Wood and Madelyn Johnson beat Grafton's No. 3 duo of Chu and Christie 8-4 to end the day.
Grafton (2-2) faces a quick turnaround as the Clippers will host Bruton on Tuesday.
Mathews 7, Grafton 2
Winnie Zhang (G) d. Morgan Johnson 6-1, 6-3
Ashley Hudgins (M) d. Claire Nelson 6-2, 3-6, 10-6
Rachel Stewart (M) d. Annie Cao 4-6, 6-2, 10-6
Maddie Brown (M) d. Yenna Chu 6-1, 6-3
Emma Wood (M) d. Yuki Ogusu 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
Madelyn Johnson (M) d. Lexi Christie 6-3, 6-4
Zhang/Oguso (G) d. Mo. Johnson/Hudgins 8-6
Wells/Brown (M) d. Nelson/Cao 9-7
Wood/Ma. Johnson (M) d. Chu/Christie 8-4
Jamestown Edges James River on the Road
Jamestown resumed its season Monday with a narrow 5-4 road win against James River.
The two teams were dead even after singles, with Jamestown and James River knotted up at three wins apiece.
Jamestown came out the victor thanks to its No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams, which earned victories and clinched the overall match win for the Eagles.
With the win, Jamestown (2-3) has now won back-to-back matches. The Eagles will resume their season Tuesday at home against Poquoson.
Jamestown 5, James River 4
Walter (J) d. Puccinelli 6-1, 6-0
Kohli (J) d. Depew 6-1, 6-0
Wallace (JR) d. Peeters 6-0, 6-3
Sharp (J) d. Pope 6-2, 6-1
Mast (JR) d. Hornick 6-3, 6-1
U. Wade (JR) d. Schmidt 6-2, 7-5
Walter/Kohli (J) d. Puccinello/Wallace 8-1
Peeters/Hornick (J) d. Depew/U. Wade 8-6
Mast/W. Wade (JR) d. Sharp/Schmidt 8-4