Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Midview High School
Olmsted Falls High School
The lady Bulldogs netted another conference win at home as they defeated Midview 3-2. It was straight sets across the board for each match as the team increased their record to above .500 at 3-2.
Continuing her undefeated season, Abby Gaba played a close first set in her match with both players having the lead throughout the set. Gaba brought the set to a tie-breaker and with her serves and impressive cross-court winners, she won her second tie-breaker of the season. It was a strong win for the captain of the team as she won her match 7-6 (8-6), 6-0 and brought her record to 5-0.
Second doubles had the next win for the team.The young freshman duo of Aly Leither and Gabby Gosciewski wasted no time in taking the win from their opponents. They used their serves and strong net skills to post a strong 6-2, 6-2 win.
Olmsted Falls first doubles duo, Sami Ladina and Elena Garcisa played a close match and took every opportunity to keep Midview on the run early in the match. The first set was close at 6-4, but once the team took that first set, it set the tone and they won the second set 6-2 .
At first singles, sophomore Disha Rathod faced a hard hitting senior, but continued to fight throughout the match. The score of 6-0, 6-2 doesn’t fully reflect how hard Rathod played and battled her opponent.
At third singles Madison Sherman, fighting a tough cold, really gave it her all as she ran her opponent from corner to corner. The first set could have easily gone to a healthier Sherman, but the sophomore lost a close one at 7-5, 6-0.
Varsity Coach Laura Graham was very pleased with her team’s consistency in this match. ” We’ve worked on the placement of our serves and how to gauge hitting a winner verses a defensive shot and it’s paying off. This young team is not only learning how to play the game as far as technique, but they are learning how to actually WIN a point and that is so critical to the growth of a player. We need to pace ourselves and keep up the hard work on the courts in between our matches. We are just gaining momentum now and this is when you feel that fatigue as a player. We can win matches by just staying on top of our game as other struggle to keep going. I believe this team can keep it going. We just have to keep the focus and stay on track like I know we can.”
The Bulldogs host Fairview at home on September 6th and host Avon Lake on September 7th.