CASEY BLAKELY prepares to drive the ball over the net in action against Kingswood on April 30. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
May 07, 2012WOLFEBORO — The first time the Kennett and Kingswood tennis girls met this season, the squads did battle in unusually warm temperatures in North Conway.
On Monday, April 30, the weather couldn't have been more perfect as the two teams converged on the Foss Field courts in Wolfeboro.
While the weather was completely different, the score came out exactly the same, as the Eagles defeated the Knights by a 7-2 score, sweeping the doubles after picking up four wins in the singles.
Allison Inglis got things started on the right foot for the Knights, as she was the first player off the court, beating Anna Mays by a score of 8-2 at number four singles.
Margherita Rossi pulled Kennett even, as she picked up an 8-1 win over Kim Phu at number three singles.
The third match finished was at number two singles, where Kennett's Erica Szekely and Kingswood's Jess Lapar battled back and forth all afternoon, with Szekely coming away with the 8-5 win.
The number one singles match was a strong battle as well, as Kingswood's Ruth Brunton and Kennett's Casey Blakely had a back and forth match the entire way, with Blakely winning by an 8-6 score.
Kennett picked up its fourth win in five matches when Brittany Ainsworth defeated Christine Chrysafidis by an 8-3 score in the number five spot.
Kingswood's second win of the day came at number six singles, where Julia St. Germain hung on for a 9-8 (7-3 in the tiebreaker) win over Lida Dzhumayeva.
In doubles, Blakely and Szekely made quick work of Brunton and Lapar at number one, 8-0, sealing the victory for the Eagles.
Rossi and Ainsworth played at number two and defeated Phu and Inglis by an 8-5 score and Mays and Dzhumayeva won in a tiebreaker at number three, beating Chrysafidis and Germain 9-8 (8-6).
Kennett played again on Wednesday, May 2, and dropped a 7-1 decision to Trinity on the road in Manchester.
The Eagles were supposed to host Laconia on Friday, May 4, but that game was postponed until (after deadline) Tuesday, May 8.
The Eagles will be at St. Thomas on Friday, May 11, at 4 p.m. They host Coe-Brown on Monday, May 14, for the regular season home finale at 4 p.m. and the final match of the season is at Portsmouth at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16.
The Knights hit the road to Berlin on Wednesday, May 2, and returned home with a 7-2 loss to the Mountaineers.
Berlin won the top four singles spots to gain a 4-2 advantage after singles and then swept the doubles matches for the win.
Brunton fell 8-1 at number one, while Lapar lost by an 8-6 score at number two and Phu fell 8-2 at number three. Inglis dropped an 8-2 decision in the fourth singles spot.
Chrysafidis grabbed a win for the Knights in the fifth spot, prevailing 8-3, while St. Germain grabbed her second win in as many matches with an 8-6 victory at number six.
In doubles, Lapar and Brunton lost 8-3 at number one, while Phu and Inglis played at number two and fell 8-2. Chrysafidis and St. Germain lost 8-6 in the third spot.
The Knights hosted a strong Profile team on Thursday, May 3, and fought through some tough matches before dropping a 6-3 decision to the Patriots.
Again, the Knights managed wins at the bottom of their singles lineup, as the visitors swept the top four spots.
Brunton fell by an 8-5 score at number one, as did Rhianna Llewellyn in the number two spot. Lapar and Inglis both dropped 8-2 decisions in the third and fourth spots, respectively.
Chrysafidis grabbed an 8-5 win at number five and St. Germain won by an 8-0 score at number six.
In doubles, the visitors took the top two spots to clinch the victory. Brunton and Lapar fell 8-3 at number one and Llewellyn and Chrysafidis fell 8-2 at number two.
The lone doubles win came from St. Germain and Inglis in the third spot, as they grabbed an 8-2 victory.
Kingswood will be in action for the final time this season when they head to Conant for a 4 p.m. match on Monday, May 4.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at email@example.com or 569-3126