Wednesday, August 23, 2017
North Ridgeville High School
Olmsted Falls High School
The girl’s varsity tennis team racked up a strong 4-1 conference win against North Ridgeville on Wednesday. Exiting the courts first with an impressive 6-1, 6-2 win were the doubles duo Gabby Gosciewski and Disha Rathod. Gosciewski, the strong lefty sophomore wasted no time challenging her opponents with her tough slice serve and strong baseline play. Her teammate, Rathod, in her third year on the team, was all over the net putting away winners throughout the match. Together, the two covered the court as a united team and took command of the match from the beginning.
The young second doubles team of Aly Leither and Aly Veverka had a strong first set and really commanded play from baseline to the net to very impressive serving. They won the first set in quick fashion, 6-4. They gave it there all and tried to keep the momentum going but the other team picked up the pace the Bulldogs couldn’t win the key points. Leither and Veverka picked up some great points but in the end, North Ridgeville took the match with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win.
It was Ellie Goetz at third singles today that showed the skills and composure of a more experienced player. She took an early lead in the match and won the first set after falling behind in a slow start. Once Goetz turned up the speed and power she found her stride and won the first set 6-3. Goetz trailed early in the second and set and was down by two games when she then came climbing back to a 3-3 tie. Goetz battle several game points against her opponent and won several points on her tough cross court shots. The change of pace by Goetz was the game changer and she charged ahead and took the second set 6-4.
Junior Madison Sherman, moved up to 2nd singles and put on quite a show of sheer determination on court 2. Sherman’s opponent came out hard hitting from the start and it took the Bulldog netter a few games to adjust. The set got to 5-5 and Sherman fought tough, but lost her serve and the first set. Sherman was not giving up and battle hard in the second set with a strong 6-3 win. This forced the match into a third set. Sherman, who was awarded Player of the Week last week for her win against Avon, showed that same determination and never gave up. The match was on serve at 3-2, when Sherman broke her opponents serve to move ahead in the match 4-2 and from there she never lost a game. She chased down every ball and battled baseline to baseline throughout the 2 hour match. It was Sherman with her second conference win with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 victory.
There was one court remaining at this point in the match and it was on court one with Senior captain, Abby Gaba. . Gaba came out strong in the first set and took an early lead with her 6-2 win. It was a tough battle in the second set and she almost came back but ended up losing the set 6-4. Gaba took the lead early in the third set and never looked back. She forced her opponent to every corner of the court and used her serve to win some key points. He expertise at the net, pulling her opponent in and then using a passing shot, helped Gaba keep the lead throughout the challenging and long third set. After a tough two and a half hours, it was Gaba that earned the win with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win.
Head coach, Laura Graham was impressed with her team’s determination and ability to focus. “I am so proud of my team. They played at such a remarkable level of composure today even when they were being pushed to their limits in endurance and mental toughness. It was exciting to see them move ahead and challenge themselves in a way that I know, will help them win more matched. Winners know how to win and they proved today that they know how to get in the zone and work unbelievably hard.”
The varsity is back at home on Thursday to complete a rained out match with Lakewood. They will then travel to Amherst on Monday and host Berea-Midpark on Wednesday.