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Lady Panthers tennis falls to Gilford

Madelyn Maroun was a part of two tiebreakers on the day for MA. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
April 25, 2011
MOULTONBORO – After opening the year 3-0, the Moultonboro Academy girls' tennis team finally saw its unbeaten start come to an end on April 18.

Jennifer Daviault's marathon wins at third singles and second doubles enabled Gilford High School to pull off a clean sweep, as the visiting Golden Eagles blanked the Panthers, 9-0, in chilly temperatures at Camp Robindel.

Daviault and MA's Madelyn Maroun, both seniors, played a ton of tennis on the day. Daviault beat Maroun, 9-8 (7-4), in singles before teaming with Katelyn Achorn at second doubles for another tiebreaker win, this one a 9-8 (7-4) victory over Maroun and Ashley McDonald to close out the afternoon.

"It goes to show you how far attitude can get you," said Gilford coach Hermann Defregger. "Both girls (Daviault and Maroun) were very equal in play so it just comes down to a few little things in the end. Jen's a competitor and I love that in her."

Gilford got the day going with wins at first and second singles, as sophomores Cheralynn Corsack and Charleyne Panner each scored 8-1 wins over MA's Amanda Hayden and McDonald.

Achorn beat Kendall Graupner at number four singles, 8-2, while Gilford's Olivia Broderick was an 8-1 winner over Ashley Fuller at number five. Sarah Anderson jumped ahead early at number six singles for the Eagles before MA's Lexi Welch made a late charge to cut the final deficit to 8-4.

"We played well at times but some of the girls get in matches and tend to get a little nervous," said MA coach Jere Burrows. "Our biggest problem is that we usually have pretty good ground strokes but we lack the ability to use strategy in our matches and a lot of the shots tend to go right up the middle. We want to start expanding the court and using different angles so that's been a big focus."

Corsack and Panner continued their stellar play with an 8-0 win at first doubles over Hayden and Graupner. Defregger hopes the duo will be peaking for the doubles tournament in June.

Broderick and Anderson were pushed hard at third doubles, as Fuller and Welch hung around before falling, 8-6.

The win for Daviault and Achorn at second doubles could've gone either way, as Maroun and McDonald had several chances to close out the match before it went to a tiebreak.

"We haven't had much time to work on doubles but we're trying to stress switching and getting to the net," Defregger said. "I was really happy with Jen and Katelyn today though, they've been part of the program for a few years now and they stayed in the match the whole way. That was some really good doubles by both teams."

The loss was the first for the Panthers, as they opened the season with a perfect 3-0 record. With a senior core leading the way, MA has been able to use its depth to find success so far.

"This group has been here for four years," Burrows explained. "When they move their feet, they can hit the ball well and put their opponents in a defensive position."

Hayden, a junior, has developed nicely as she competed at number one singles against Gilford. In just her second year on the team, Burrows expects her to continue improving as the year progresses.

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