Knight girls net their first victory



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SARAH CLAY returns a shot during chilly action against Gilford on April 21. Kathy Sutherland. (click for larger version)
April 25, 2011
WOLFEBORO — Though the Kingswood tennis girls dropped an 8-1 decision to Gilford to close out last week, the girls opened the week with the first win of the season.

The Knights traveled to Kennett on Monday, April 18, and came home with a 6-3 win over their county rivals.

With Sarah Coulter away, Rhianna Llewellyn moved up to the number one spot and dropped an 8-1 decision.

Jess Lapar moved to number two and played a long set, coming out with an 8-5 win. Ruth Brunton moved to number three and won by an 8-1 score.

Hanna Zdrnja played at number four and fell by an 8-4 score, while Sarah Saltzman played a long set at number five and came out with an 8-4 win. Sarah Clay won 8-1 at number six, giving the Knights a 4-2 win after singles.

With gusty winds and chilly temperatures, the Knights moved on to doubles, where Llewellyn and Zdrnja fell 8-1 at number one.

Lapar and Brunton won by an 8-1 score at number two and Saltzman and Clay closed out the scoring with an 8-1 win.

Coach Tom Merrell's troops had a bit of a tougher time on Thursday, April 21, as they hosted Gilford.

First on the docket was a change of scenery, as the Knights' home courts at Foss Field became unavailable as the planned reconstruction of the courts began last week.

The Knights headed to Camp Northwoods in Tuftonboro to meet up with the undefeated Golden Eagles on a snowy and cold afternoon.

Coulter fell by an 8-1 score at number one, with Llewellyn dropping an 8-2 decision at number two.

Brunton picked up Kingswood's lone win of the day, as she won 8-5 at number three. Saltzman moved to number four and fell by an 8-2 score, while Clay lost 8-0 at number five.

Christine Chrysafidis, in her first varsity match, fell by an 8-0 score at number six.

In doubles, Coulter and Llewellyn fell 8-1 at number one, while Saltzman and Clay dropped an 8-1 match at number two. Brunton and Allison Inglis, in her first varsity match, fell 8-4 at number three.

The Knights will be back in action on Monday, May 2, when they host Kennett at 4 p.m. On Wednesday, May 4, the Knights head to Prospect Mountain for a makeup game at 4 p.m. and on Thursday, May 5, the girls travel to Profile for a 4 p.m. match.

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