The Bulldog netters traveled to Berea-Midpark for their third conference match of the season. The young team put it all out on the courts and came home with an impressive 5-0 win!
First off the courts was captain, Abby Gaba with a 6-2, 6-0 win at 2nd singles. Gaba is undefeated this season at 4-0.
Coming in strong with a “double bagel 6-0, 6-0 win at 3rd singles was sophomore Maddie Sherman. This is Sherman’s first year on the team and she is off to a great start with a 3-1 record.
At first singles, the Bulldogs had hard hitting sophomore, Disha Rathod getting the win at the top of the lineup. Rathod gained steam at the end of the first set loss of 4-6, but from that point on it was all winners for Rathod as she took control of that match with a final match score of 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Both doubles teams also went into 3 sets and were slow to start but they got better with each set. At First doubles, senior Sami Ladina and freshman Elena Garcia gained strength in their net play and serves. Garcia took care of the net and Ladina kept the ball going on the back court. Both scored some terrific cross court angles and a the end, they were the big winners, with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 win.
At second doubles, was the nail biter of they day. It was freshmen, Gabby Gosciewski and Aly Leither hoping to add another win to their 2-1 record. They started the match in a tie-breaker for the first set and they ended the match in a tie-breaker for the last set. The duo got ahead in the third set 5-0 and then Berea Midpark started to turn on the pressure. The Bulldogs held tough, they were down 2-4 in the tie-breaker and had match point against them before they rallied back to win the tie-breaker, 8-6. It was an impressive way to close out the match and the doubles pair was greeted with cheers from their happy team as they came off the courts.
After the match, head coach Laura Graham said, ” I am so proud of my young team. They really came out swinging today and in times when they could have lost more games, they stayed in their lanes, kept with their strategies and came through a lot of adversity to put away the strong 5-0 win. It easily could have gone the other way on several courts, yet everyone kept the faith and let the training of these past few weeks get them through to this win.”
The team is now 2-2 for the season and will host Midview at home on Wednesday at 4:15pm.