Northfield Mount Hermon 6
Wilbraham & Munson 4
We enjoyed a great day of friendly competition and perfect tennis weather to play out this exciting tournament among 8 prep schools in our area. Suffield Academy Girls Tennis posted some historic first round results today. All of our girls completed an amazing first round matches as all six of our teammates in the four flights were undefeated after four hours of play. The interesting thing was that Hopkins positioned themselves in just the same fashion in other parts of the draw. This juggernaut provided for a very competitive and exciting second round of play.
Emily found her ground-stroke game and ripped through the first round with a positive momentum. Moving her players around the court well, she advanced methodically in the opening hours of play. Nevertheless, she met a very solid opponent in her second round match. Her Hopkins challenger forced her to new levels of play, and Emily responded well yet was vanquished in the end after she tried some new tactics. She should be proud of her great performance. Lucy and Jessie took the tiger out of the bottle early when they fought back from 3-5 in their opening pro set to win their first match, 8-6. They played well in their other first round matches before meeting a very effective Hopkins doubles pair in the final round. Losing the first set 1-6, they admirably tried a few new tactics, but the Hopkins accurate volleys were too much in the end. Their second set was 2-6. Big team shout-out to Jessie for stepping in the line-up at the last minute. Millie and Hailey played well throughout the day. Sustaining their doubles cross-court discipline, they carefully and methodically moved through their opening pro set matches waiting for opportunities to poach and pounce. Their patience paid dividends as they accumulated many pro set wins throughout the morning. Their second round, three set match was a great moment for great partnership this year. Hopkins came out strong and placed many effective volleys throughout the first set. Hailey and Millie responded by stepping more forward on their poaching toes, nad the subsequent 6-0 score of the second set illuminated how on top of their game they were then. Hopkins came back in the third set to recapture the net as well as force longer rallies. These were some of the best doubles points on the day where both teams dug so many winning volleys out of the court to sustain the point. The match highlighted Hailey and Millie’s great communication as a doubles team. Other teams and coaches noted that asset to their team’s strength. This last set was very close as games see sawed back and forth with deuce points on both sides. Unfortunately, Hopkins landed a few more volleys in the end and closed out the third set 6-4. Sarah utilized her greatest tennis weapon today: her mental focus. She carefully and methodically matched her Hopkins opponent shot for shot today. This was a singular win for Sarah as previous matches against this Hopkins opponent were long and always decided for the other side in the third set. Today Sarah meticulously made shot selections that were effective of asking her opponent to stretch just a little more today compared to previous meeting. Sarah also employed a great strategy to attack only certain aspects of her opponent, and this disciplined approach provided for exciting tennis and great results for Sarah’s last match in a Tiger’s uniform.