The girl’s varsity team struggled to get games on the board against the tough Avon team. Avon tied for the conference champs last year and while they lost their number one due to moving, the Eagles experience was the difference in the match.
The Bulldogs moved the lineup due to a last minute absence for one of the varsity girls and also a bit of strategy for the upcoming conference tournament on Saturday.
Abby Gaba moved up to first singles. Gaba had plenty of long rallies and kept moving, but lost 6-0, 6-0. Gaba’s season record is now 5-4.
Sami Ladina moved up from doubles to the second singles position. Ladina had great footwork and serves and took aim for several winning shot, but was outscored 6-0. 6-0.
Jumping up to third singles from the jv team, was freshman Annie George. The rookie varsity player showed great promise as she picked up one of only 2 games the varsity won against Avon. George said, The match was so tough, but I learned so much. What a difference from jv to varsity!” The final score was 6-0. 6-1
At second doubles Gabby Gosciewski and Disha Rathod took a game and traded some great rallies against the Eagles doubles team, but the Avon duo took the match with a 6-0, 6-1 match score.
Aly Leither had a new doubles teammate join her today, as Madison Sherman traded the singles line for the doubles alley. The team gave it their best, but the very experienced seniors across the net didn’t make many mistakes and the Bulldogs lost in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.
Head varsity coach Laura Graham said she knows how tough the last half of the season can be as she watched her team against the Avon Eagles. ” The end of the season matches and tournaments are what the season is all about and every player on every team is starting to feel some fatigue from the season, but this is where you can really win big just by being stronger both physically and mentally. We have so many new girls to the team and several are on varsity. It’s a tough transition to go from playing once or twice a week to every day. Experienced players know the grind of what it takes to be a top player and my goal is to help this team stay focused. We need to practice smart, eat and sleep smart and keep the focus. I have great faith in this team and I am by far their biggest fan. We sit at .500 right now and for a young team, that is very impressive. We have a couple more weeks to our season and I know we are going to finish strong.”
The team heads to Avon Lake on Saturday for the start of the SWC conference tournament at 8:30am. The final rounds of the tournament will be head Monday, September 19th, beginning at 2:00pm. Head out and cheer on the lady netters and give them your Bulldog support!