Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Olmsted Falls High School
The girl’s varsity tennis team shut down the North Olmsted Eagles on Wednesday with an impressive 4-1 conference victory.
First off the courts, were the doubles team of returning varsity sophomore, Aly Leither and newcomer, Delany Brown. Leither and Brown took control of the match from the first serve and never lost a game. Leither kept them guessing with her serves and return shots and Brown, just shy of 6’0, owned the net with her great reach. They both moved the ball consistently at the baseline and the net. They worked as a strong team to get the “double bagel” 6-0, 6-0 win. This was the first shut out for the team this year.
Next off the courts were Gabby Gosciewski and Disha Rathod at first doubles. The duo outmaneuvered the Eagles and kept them on the run the entire match. Gosciewski’s varsity experience from last year made her look at home at the net as she continuously stared down her opponents and put away net winners. She also lobbed with great finesse to keep her opponents completely off guard. Rathod had several sharp cross court winners and came up with many well timed big serves. Together, the Bulldogs brought in a strong 6-2, 6-1 win.
Playing at third singles, Ellie Goetz had an opponent that came out strong and took the first 3 games from the lady Bulldog. That was all that was needed to get the fast moving freshman to turn up the power and keep her sights on keeping this just a two set match. Goetz kept her opponent on the move and crushed several topspin backhands to the corner to bring the first set to 3-3. All it took was a few hard serves to give Goetz the momentum to win the first set 6-4. The second set was a quick task for Goetz and she won it easily, 6-1. Goetz closed it out with a final 6-4, 6-1 score.
Madison Sherman has come from behind in a match before and she proved once again that you don’t need to have the lead the entire match to end up the winner. The first set was a challenge for Sherman as she tried to figure out her opponents game. By the end of the loss of the first set (6-2) she started to move her opponent around and win several long rallies. It didn’t take long for Sherman to get a game plan and put away the second set and force a 10 point tiebreaker. With all other matches completed, both teams were there to watch and cheer this exciting final match of the day. Sherman took an early lead and refused to let her opponent gain any momentum. Her strong serves and ability to chase down every single ball helped Sherman keep the lead in the tiebreaker and go on to win the match at second singles. The final match score was 2-6, 6-2, (10-7)
Captain, Abby Gaba faced an extremely hard hitting opponent at first singles. Gaba hit several cross court winners, chased down every ball and battled back powerful serves to stay competitive in every game. It was a long match and she gave her best, but North Olmsted won the first singles match 6-3, 6-2.
The varsity team travels to Avon Lake on Saturday for the SWC Conference Tournament. Varsity head coach Laura Graham said, “Our team has been getting stronger with every match and the way this young team battled today was a testament to how hard they have trained throughout the year and our current season. They have grit and determination and that’s what you need to play such a tough mental and physical sport like tennis. I am so proud of my team and I am excited to see them take on the other teams this Saturday.”
Play begins at 9am at Avon Lake High School, Saturday September 16th. Stop out and cheer the lady netters on at the SWC Varsity Tournament!