Last night, the Gable Tennis Center played host to an IHSAA regional round, in which the CGA Tennis team was defeated 3-2 by Warsaw High School.
CGA and Warsaw met previously this season on May 2nd, a match that Warsaw dominated 5-0.
"Going in we knew we had our work cut out for us," said head coach Nicole Idalski. "Warsaw is a solid team and we knew we were going to have to fight to the very end."
The two match wins came from the CGA doubles teams, No.1 consisting of Ava Kite/Margaret Davidson (title photo) and No.2 consisting of Anaia Johnson/Luci Landry. For Kite and Davidson, the victory earns them the opportunity to advance to the IHSAA Doubles Sectional bracket, having gone undefeated thus far in post-season play. Those matches will take place at the Gable Tennis Center later this week. The opponent and exact date and time of this competition will be determined after tonight's individual sectional matches.
"Both Ava and Margaret were formerly singles players, so this year has been a learning experience for both of them in learning the ropes of doubles play," said Idalski. "They have been fun to watch develop, as they compliment each other well. I am very happy and proud of their success."
At number two doubles, Johnson and Landry played exceptionally well, grinding out a third set win. Landry, a JV player for the majority of the season, was able to come on strong at the end of the year after an injury to another CGA varsity player. "She is so coachable and loves to learn," Idalski said of Landry. "She and Anaia found chemistry quickly, and I credit Anaia for stepping up and into a leadership role and helping to make the experience great for both of them," she added.
Anna Moreno, playing in the No. 2 singles spot, played a tough and very long match. “Anna was on the court for over three and a half hours," said Idalski. "She played so well, driving her opponent crazy I’m sure. She’s very good at moving her opponent around with drop-shots and lobs and keeping her guessing what’s coming next."
Ultimately Moreno would fall 7-5 in the third set. "After losing to the same girl in straight sets at their last meeting, Anna really gave her a run for her money. Super proud of how she accepted the pressure and played to the end,” Idalski concluded.
CGA Tennis concludes their season 12-8.
For full match results, see below.
IHSAA TEAM REGIONAL – DAY #1
PLYMOUTH 4, MANCHESTER 1
SINGLES: 1. Kyla Heckaman (P) def. Kelsey Eichenauer (M) 6-1, 6-1; 2. Halle Briner (M) def. Miranda German (P) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0; 3. Aubrey Vervynckt (P) def. Eva Bazzoni (M) 6-2, 6-1.
DOUBLES: 1. Audie Plothow/Mary Beatty (P) def. Halie Wampler/Anna Osbourne (M) 6-2, 6-2; 2. Olive Stanton/Sydni Weir (P) def. Alyssa Marvel/Rebekah Pyle (M) 6-1, 6-3.
WARSAW 3, CULVER ACADEMIES 2
SINGLES: 1. Alyssa Zellers (W) def. Lilia Rosique (CGA) 6-1, 6-0; 2. Taylor Shoaf (W) def. Anna Moreno (CGA) 4-6, 7-6, 7-5; 3. Rachel Boyle (W) def. Chao-Chin Hsu (CGA) 6-3, 7-6.
DOUBLES: 1. Ava Kite/Margaret Davidson (CGA) def. Reagan Merchant/Rachel Yeager (W) 6-3, 6-2 ; 2. Anaia Johnson/Luci Landry (CGA) def. Madelyn Ray/Amy Herendeen (W) 6-3, 6-7, 6-4.