PORT CHESTER, N.Y. — Mother nature didn’t prevent Greenwich Academy and Sacred Heart from renewing their tennis rivalry on Friday, as they tested their skills against each other inside at Sound Shore Indoor Tennis.
And playing at a different venue didn’t keep the Gators from continuing their standout season against FAA foes.
Showcasing its depth, Greenwich Academy posted a 5-0 win over Sacred Heart in an FAA matchup. Two matches were not completed due to time restrictions on the courts.
With the victory, GA upped its record to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the FAA. Sacred Heart is 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the league. First singles saw two of the better players in the FAA compete against each other in GA sophomore Emma Carney and Sacred Heart freshman Grace Coale. Carney registered a 6-0, 6-2 victory at the No. 1 singles spot.
“I was a little nervous at the start, because we were playing Sacred Heart, but I just kept focused and tried to keep my feet moving early on,” Carney said. “It was a fun match and she is a good player. She definitely came out stronger in the second set, so I just tried to stay focused and get the job done.”
Carney is pleased with the squad’s depth and continued improvement.
“Our singles and doubles players are practicing hard and getting a lot better,” Carney said. “We’re definitely trying to be more consistent and be more energized with each match.”
At second singles, Claire Wolstencroft continued her fine season for the Gators, notching a hard-fought 6-4, 7-5 triumph against Nathalie Perreault.
“Last year, I played number four, so it’s definitely harder at two, but I like the competition,” said Perreault, the team’s captain. “It’s good to play up, I always like to play kids that are better than me, because it makes me work harder. We are a young team and hopefully, we’ll continue to gain good match experience.”
Karina Toub, a junior, was a 6-3, 6-3 winner for the Gators over Stephanie Beshoory. Toub trailed in both sets 2-0, before mounting a comeback.
“I got it to 3-all in both sets and just tried to be consistent,” Toub said. “I tried to not get mad at myself for making errors and focused on dictating the points. My forehand and serve were good throughout the match. Our team is doing so great, we are a close-knit group.”
In doubles action, Annabel Thrasher/Kate Miele of Greenwich Academy defeated Nia Foster/Megan Farrell, 6-2, 7-6 (7-0).
“The first set was good, we played really well and got it done,” said Thrasher, a junior. “The second set was tougher, we ended up going to a tiebreaker, but we stayed focused and did our thing.”
Said Farrell: “They were a really strong team and they had some good serves and points, as well as strong net play. Nia and I were a team last year, so it’s good for us to have some experience this season as a doubles team.”
Juniors Heather Bienstock and Andrea Jemiolo of Greenwich Academy won their match against Lily Lemkau and Kathryn Goodfriend at No. 2 doubles, 6-3, 6-3.
“This was the first time Andrea and I played together, so we worked on being super consistent and waited for the other team to make an error,” Bienstock said. “We came to the net a lot, which worked well for us. For the most part, we did a good job at the net.”
Lauren Wakeman of Greenwich Academy won her first set against Molly Cadman 6-3 at fourth singles, before the match was stopped due to time restrictions. At fourth doubles, Olivia Teklits and Ursula Vollmer won the first set against Greenwich Academy’s Antonia Packard/Chloe Burraway, 6-2 and were leading 4-1 in the second, before the match was suspended.
“The season is going pretty well for us, this is our first season as a partnership, so we are figuring out what is working best,” said Vollmer, a freshman. “This is my first time playing competitive doubles and I’m learning a lot and having fun.”
Said Teklits, a junior: “We have a great team that has bonded well and we are all improving. We’re looking forward to continuing to see improvement from everyone.”