JV Girls Tennis: Dougherty Valley 7 – Acalanes 1

As we did in our first meeting, all of the Acalanes JV lines played really hard in a 7-1 loss to the defending DFAL Girls Tennis Champions from Dougherty Valley. The coaching staff is really proud of Sammy Browne, who volunteered to play a singles match at S-1. Although it is a cliché to say the match was closer than the score would indicate, it is absolutely true of Sammy’s effort in an 8-0 match, which saw a number of extended rallies and deuce games.

Playing at D-1, Vivian Toni and Maddie McDonagh controlled their DV opponents and came away with an 8-3 win. This is our only JV win against Dougherty Valley in the last three years.

At D-2 Claire Terentieff and Alex Awwad also played a really competitive line in a 3-8 effort. Niki Palamountain and Skyler DeMartini had a number of lead changes in a hard fought 6-8 match at D-3. At D-4 Hayley Gotelli and Maggie Curless could have used a CPA to keep the 6-8 score straight against a mathematically challenged opponent. Fortunately the DV coach clarified the match score.

Once again all of our freshmen pairs competed really well in their first and only trip to DV. Due to a realignment of the DFAL in 2016, Dublin and DV will be in another league. At D-6, Molly Cronk and Milena Lucey got down 0-6 before reeling off five consecutive winning games. Molly and Milena showed great spirit in mounting this comemback. Sophias Lindgren and Scipi teamed at D-5 and played hard in a 2-8 effort. Referred to as “Sophia squared” during introductions, the Sophias played hard despite unseasonal heat in early October.

In the final match of the day, Lauren Craig and Shannon McVay got caught in the “doubling back” snare. Due to an unequal numbers of players, a higher ranked player joined the D-7 line for DV. Lauren and Shannon played a tactically sound match with a number of extended rallies with many of their games to deuce before being decided. Despite being down 0-7, Lauren and Shannon continued to fight hard and broke serve before bowing 1-8. The coaching staff is really proud of this type of competitive effort.