Sep 8 – Girls JV Tennis
Acalanes 5 – Piedmont 4
Playing their third match in three days the JV Lady Dons rallied from behind to defeat a fine Piedmont High School team 5-4. Using the three set varsity format, four of the five Acalanes points were earned in third set tiebreakers.
Playing at D-3 Maggie Curless and Jess Gerson scored the first Lady Dons point by coming from one set down to win in a tiebreak. Even Jess and Maggie’s 10-point tie breaker went to overtime with the Lady Dons fighting through to an 11-9 win.
The D-6 sophomore-freshman combo of Milena Lucey and Sophia Cooper also went to a third set tiebreak before the Lady Dons closed out the match. In a match that saw momentum swing somewhat wildly, Sophia and Milena cruised to a first set win at 6-1 only to see Piedmont respond with a 6-0 bagel. Sophia and Milena, played solidly, took control of the tiebreak and secured our second point by a 10-4 margin.
Skyler DeMartini and Niki Palamountain dropped the first set on their way to a 2-6, 6-4, 10-8 victory. Playing and communicating well, Niki and Skyler took advantage of aggressive net play by their Piedmont opponents and scored crucial points in the third set tiebreaker by going down the alley that Piedmont abandoned in trying to control the net.
Playing at D-9, Siena Marchiano and Anya Weinstein brought the Lady Dons even at 4-4 by racking up our only straight set victory of the day 6-2, 6-4. Anya again served effectively and Siena returned serve with great pace to keep their Piedmont opponents off balance throughout the match.
Playing in the final and deciding match of the day, Emily Erce and Sofia Swatt played an up and down match before winning their tiebreaker 10-7. Emily and Sofia played a solid first set winning 7-5, only to have Piedmont record their second bagel at 6-0. In the deciding set Emily and Sofia returned to their winning first set ways and secured the Acalanes overall match victory with a 10-7 win.
All of the Lady Dons’ llines competed hard and maintained their composure against a well-coached Piedmont team that featured aggressive net play.