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Louisa netters crush Cavaliers

Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Anna Groff returns a serve during Louisa’s home tennis match against the Monticello Mustangs on April 11.

Louisa’s tennis teams scored wins over region 4B opponent Caroline High School last week, with both winning by 8-1 margins.

The Lions faced the Cavaliers on April 24, with the girls’ team playing at home and the boys traveling to Caroline. The girls picked up wins in five of the six singles matches. McKenzie Proffit battled Nhiya Dewer in the number two set, scoring a 9-7 win for Louisa. She teamed up with Sarah Candeto for the number one doubles match and again faced a valiant fight. The pair emerged victorious, edging out their opponents 9-7.

Anna Groff had Louisa’s lone loss in the number four singles match, falling to Hannah Pettigrew 8-5. She partnered with Ginny Helmandollar in the number two doubles and the pair defeated their singles opponents 8-1.

“The girls gave 100 percent, kept a high energy, used strategy and made awesome shots,” head coach Rosa Fry said. “Their hard work at practice is paying off.”

The boys’ team had similar success in their road match. Garrett Corker fell to Chandler Morris 8-1 in the number one singles match, but the Lions swept the remaining five sets to hold a 5-1 lead going into the doubles matches.

Corker found success in the number one doubles match. Working with  number two seeded Tyler Yeatts, who won his singles match against Andrew Parker 8-3, the pair fought to a 9-7 victory.

Jason Brooks and Corey Toews faced a similarly tough challenge in the number two doubles match, but also emerged victorious, 9-7. Nathan Gramling and Chase Miller won the third doubles match 8-2 to clinch the victory.

“Any number of the matches could have gone either way,” head coach Gregory Palmer said. “We were very pleased with our performance and glad to have won.”

(Article by Joseph Haney)

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s May 2, 2019 issue.

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